Peter O’Connell

Life
1775-1826; b. Carne, Co. Clare; schoolmaster; devoted himself to compiling Gaelic dictionary from Irish and Scottish researches; befriended by Charles O’Conor of Belanagare and Dr. Riordan of Limerick, 1785-1819; sought help from Daniel O’Connell (‘the man was a fool to waste his life on such a useless labour’); pledged manuscript in Tralee for a crown; later sold to British Museum, with a copy in TCD Library; d. Carne. ODNB DIB DIH

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Notes
Daniel O’Connell to whom Anthony, a nephew of Peter, brought the dictionary compiled by his uncle, dismissed the author as ‘an old fool’ for having spent his life on such a work. (See Michael Cronin, Translating Ireland: Translations, Languages, Cultures, Cork UP 1996, p.116.)

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