Eoghan Ó Caoimh

Life
1656-1726; b. perhaps Co. Cork, d. Doneraile; son of landowners, ed. bardic schools, practising dán direach, and later amhrán metres; m. Eilionóir de Nógla, 1680; spent part of following years in Kerry visiting house of Ó Súilleabháin Mór, Dunkerron, etc., transcribing material from old MSS, visited Domhnall, son of Séafraidh Ó Donnchadha an Ghleanna, at Glenflesk, copying material from O’Donoghue MSS, evicted from home at Port Maighe (prob. Co. Kerry), 1692; moved to Cork City; associated with Diarmain mac Seáin Bhuí Mhic Cártaigh of Blarney, whom he lamented in verse (d.1707); also with Fr. Conchúr mac Cairteáin of Carrignavar (d.1737) whom he assisted with trans. of A[cc]allam na bhFíoraon, Ulliam Mac Cairteáin, a particular friend; imprisoned in Cork city, 1698, 1703; befriended by John Baptist Sleyne, Catholic bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross; suffered the deaths of his wife in 1707, and his son Art in 1709; ordained 1717; ordained at death of wife in 1707, becoming parish priest in Doneraile; involved in sharp correspondence with Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill while there. DIW

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Works
James Standish O’Grady, ed., Catalogue of Irish MSS in the British Museum, completed by Robin Flower (1892); ‘An tAtair Eoghan Ó Caoimnh: a Bheatha agus a Shaotor’, in Gadelica I (1912), pp.1-9, 101-11; see The Gael, Vol. XIX, 45 (1900).

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Criticism
See Breandan Ó Conchúir, Scríobhaithe Chorcaí 1700-1850 (1982), pp.33-39.

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