Lughaidh Ó Cléirigh

Life
?1580-?1640 [fl.1609 ODNB], historian; chief of his sept, 1595; tok part in Contention of the Bards [Iomarbhágh na bhFileadh]; dictated Life of Aodh Ruadh O’Donnell, to his son Cúchoigríche Ó Cléirigh (trans. Edward O’Reilly, 1820); not living in 1632. ODNB DIW OCIL

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Criticism
Paul Walsh, ‘The Ó Clerys of Tirconnell’, Studies (1935); Walsh, The Ó Cléirigh Family of Tír Conaill (1938).

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References
Dictionary of National Biography cites his contributions to Iomarbhágh na bhFileadh as 1] ‘A Thaidg tothaoir Torna (O Tadgh, revile not Torna)]; ‘Do chuala a thragrais a Thaidg (I have head all you pleaded, Tadhg)’; ‘o brosd meisc a mheic Daire (Provoke me not macDaire)’; and ‘An ccluine me a a mheic Daire (Do you hear me, Ó macDaire)?’, v. Tadhg mac Daire macBruaidedh. Of his Life of Aodh, ‘not pedantic ... somtimes the stilted diction found also in Annals of Four Masters; Life of O’Donnell, trans. Edward O’Reilly, [in] Irish Writers (Transactions of Iberno-Celtic Soc. of Dublin 1820), pp.90[ff.]; and Rev. Denis Murphy, SJ, 1893, with intro. and notes.

Brian Cleeve & Anne Brady, A Dictionary of Irish Writers (Dublin: Lilliput 1985); c.1570-c.1620; b. prob. Donegal; participant in the Contention, of the Bards, 1617-20; wrote a life of Red Hugh O’Donnell in Irish prose, ed. P. Walsh, in Archivium Hibernicum, VII (Dublin 1922); uncle of Micheál Ó Cléirigh; other eds. of Life by Denis Murphy (1893), and Paul Walsh, Beatha (ITS 1940).

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