George A. Little
1899-1945 [George Aloysius Little]; b. Dublin; served as med. officer in old IRA (Dublin Brigade); issued Ouzel Galley (1940); Malachi Horan Remembers (1943), folklore; Brendan the Navigator (1945); Dublin before the Vikings
(1957); contributed frequently to Dublin Historical Record. DIW
Brendan the Navigator: An Interpretation (Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son1945), xx, 254pp., il. [maps]; Dublin
before the Vikings (Dublin: M. H. Gill 1957), xvi, 184pp.
Malachi Horan Remembers, in Dublin Historical Record,
IV (June-Aug. 1942), [Pt. II] pp.121-40 [narrates affairs concerning Mr
Fitzgerald of the Hungrygrass, of Baltyglass, and Dan OConnell,
The Murdering Hollow, &c.]; also Little, Pre-Norse Dublin,
in Dublin Historical Record, VIII (1945-6) [cited in John Harvey, Dublin (Batsford 1949)]; The provenance of the Church of
St Michael de le Pole, in Dublin Historical Record, 12, 1
(Feb. 1951), pp2-13, with adverse remarks on the antiquarianism of Margaret
Offprints, The Ouzel Galley, Dublin Historical Record, 3, 2 (Dublin 1940), 40pp., ill. [front., pls.]; Rev. John Austin, S.J (Dublin: Irish Messenger Office 1960), 16pp.; Rev. Peter James Kenney S.J (Dublin: Irish Messenger Office 1961), 12pp.
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Dublin before the Vikings (1957), setting out to establish
that there was a Gaelic city before the arrival of the Norsemen, quotes
various writers on either side, viz.: 1] Owing its origin to Danish
auspices, Dublin was neither first built, nor originally peopled by men
of Irish race. (Litton-Falkiner, Handbook to the City of Dublin
and Its Surrounding Districts, prepared for the British Association,
Dublin 1908). 2] I cannot at all believe that the settlement of
Dublin as a place of commerce and as a fortified town can be attributed
to the Scandinavian pirates, in the ninth century. (John ODonovan,
Annals of Dublin, in Dublin Penny Journal, I, 1 (q.d.), p.174; 3] Little: I hold in fact that the dogmatic conviction
expressed by Litton-Falkiner and subscribed to by so many is against all
the evidence and must therefore be held untrue. (p.xiv).
Belfast Central Public Library holds Brendan; Malachi Horan Remembers
(1943). Dublin Before the Vikings in library of Albert le Brocquy. Cathach
Bks. 12 lists Brendan the Navigator, An interpretation (Dublin 1945).
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Namesake: Not to be confused with Andrew George Little (1863-1945), joint-editor of the Collectanea Franciscana, or George A. Little, musician and author of Where are you love? (1939), Virginia, Georgia and Caroline (1942), Ill never make you cry again (1946) and You're in Kentucky sure as You're Born - often with Larry Shay.
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