Aongus Ruadh Ó Dálaigh

Life
?1550-1617 [var. Aonghusa na nAor/Angus of the Satires]; employed by Sir George Carew and Mountjoy to lampoon the Irish chieftains and instigate enmity between them and was assassinated. DIW ODNB OCIL

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Works
The Tribes of Ireland: A Satire, by Aenghusa O’Daly, with poetical trans. by James Clarence Mangan, and a historical account of the O’Daly family by John O’Donovan (Dublin 1852).

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Commentary
Alice Curtayne, The Irish Story: A Survey of Irish History and Culture (Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds 1962): ‘The other story is how the Deputy maliciously hired a poet named Angus O’Daly to go around among the few remaining chieftains and satirise them on their fallen estate. Few of these men were now able to maintain a poet in their household and O’Daly was glad of a job from anyone. With his pointed wit, he jibed at the MacGillicuddys for their gloom, the O’Reillys for their helplessness, the O’Sullivans for the bad wine they gave their guests. But when a servant of the O’Meaghers heard this kind of performance, he could not endure the insult to his masters. He plunged a knife in the mocker and thus ended the poet’s career.’ (p.91.)

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References
Dictionary of National Biography lists Aengus O’Daly (d.1350); Aengus O’Daly (d.1617), Irish poet, wrote abusive poem on the Irish tribes; assassinated [var. murdered DIW].

H. Hovelaque, Anthologie de la Littérature irlandaise des origines au XXe siècle (Paris Libraire Delagrave 1924), gives extract “Ode au Milésian” by Angus O’Daly in trad. C. de Feuillide, 1859 (pp.88-89.). Hovelaque was professeur au lycée Saint-Louis.

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