Edward Vaughan [Hyde] Kenealy

Life
1819-1880 [pseud. “Ned Hyde”]; b. Cork; eldest son of William Kenealy, b. Cork, 2 July; English bar, May 1847; contrib. Fraser’s Magazine, Bentley’s Misc., and others; trans. ‘Sweet Castle Hyde’ into Greek for Punch; Poems and Translations (from Irish), 1864; defense counsel in the Tichbourne case; MP 1875 [DIW, stood and failed to be elected]; started scurrilous weekly, The Englishman, pleading Orton’s case, and was disbarred; started Magna Carta Association; rejected for Parliament by Wednesbury, 1868; elected MP for Stoke-on-Trent in 1875, but lost his seat in 1880; disbarred follow his defence of the Tichbourne claimant; fnd. The Englishman; d. 16 April, Tavistock; there is a life by one of his children, 1908. [DIW has variant account of events and their order.] DIB DIW PI KNA RAF

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Works
The Poetical Works of Edward Vaughan Keanealy, 3 vols. (Englishman Office, London, 1875-79).

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Criticism
Arabella Kenealy, Memoirs of Edward Vaughan Keanealy (1908).

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References
Brian McKenna, Irish Literature, 1800-1875: A Guide to Information Sources (Detroit: Gale Research Co. 1978), cites ‘Dr. Kenealy as a Poet’, in Gentleman’s Magazine, 3rd Series 12 (1874), 220-27; Arabella Kenealy, Memoirs [ ..] . (London 1908) 302pp. see also Irish Book Lover, 11 (1919) 3-6.

D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); calls him the most extraordinary demagogue of his time and an admirable scholar, with eleven children; there is an unsatisfactory biography by one of them; lists Brallaghan, or the Deipnosophists, prose and verse (1845); A New Pantomime, a poem (2nd edn. 1850); Noah’s Ark, A Dream of 1850 (1850); Prayers and Meditations (n.d.); Goethe, an epic poem (1856); Cahir Conri, metrical legend, trans. into English by Rev. M. Horgan (priv. Cork 1860); Poems and Translations (1864); Poetical Works of E.V.K. (1875-79); Fo, the Third Messenger of God (1878); eldest son of William Kenealy, b. Cork, 2 July; English bar, May 1847; contrib. Fraser’s Mag., Bentley’s Misc., and others; trans. ‘Sweet Castle Hyde’ into Greek for Punch; pseud. ‘Ned Hyde’ in Ainsworth Magazine; popular lawyer, but rejected for Parliament by Wednesbury, 1868; defence of claimant in Tichborne trial, unenviable notoreity, disbarred; started The Englishman, 11 Apr. 1873; elected MP for Stoke on Trent, 1875; d. Apr. 16, Tavistock.

Patrick Rafroidi, Irish Literature in English, The Romantic Period, 1789-1850 (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe 1980), Vol. 2; calls him a lawyer, politician, demagogue and journalist, b. Cork; contrib. Fraser’s, Bentley’s, Punch, Ainsworth’s Magazine, and fnd. The Englishman; Brallaghan (1845) and works after 1850; Complete Poems published 1875-1879. London.

Belfast Public Library holds New Pantomime (1863). CATL, Arabella Kenealy, Memoirs of Edward Vaughan Keanealy (1908), port. of editor pasted on inside of this copy [Hyland 214]

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Notes
Ethel Mannin, Two Studies in Integrity (1954), ftn. p.164: ‘In ... Brallaghan, or the Dneipnosophists (1845), Edward Kenealy wrote a long attack on Moore charging him with plagiarism and citing 56 examples, calling him an  “indefatigable thief”’ [viz., imitator of Father Prout in false translations and related literary jeux.]

Mary Leland writes that E. V. Kenealy was a steadfast enemy of Father Prout [Francis Sylvester Mahony]. (See Leland, [notice on Father Prout], ‘An Irishwoman’s Diary’, in The Irish Time, Friday, 31 Dec. 2004, p.15.

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