Charles O’Flaherty

1794-1828; b. Dublin; son of pawnbroker; apprenticed to bookseller, turned to journalis; Dublin Morning Post; and ed. Wexford Evening Post; d. May 1828; Poems; Poems and Songs; and Trifles in Poetry; his ‘Donnybrook Fair’ is often attributed to Lysaght. PI JMC FDA

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D. J. O’Donoghue, The Poets of Ireland: A Biographical Dictionary (Dublin: Hodges Figgis & Co 1912); Poems (Dublin 1813); [...]; A Lover’s Lapse and a Poet’s Love, being an attempt to illustrate the tender passion, printed for the author (Dublin 1824).

Justin McCarthy, gen. ed., Irish Literature (Washington: University of America 1904); gives ‘The Humours of Donnybrook Fair’ [‘Oh! ’t was Dermot O’Nowlan McFigg,/That could properly handle a twig/He went to the Fair/And kicked up a dust there/In dancing the Donnybrook Jig/With his twig/Oh! my blessing to Dermot McFigg.

Seamus Deane, gen. ed., The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Derry: Field Day 1991), Vol. 1, pp.492, 496 [BIOG], b. c.1794, apprentice Dublin bookseller; journalist, d. 1828; Poems (1813); Poems and Songs (1821); selects “The Humours of Donnybrook Fair”, 432-33.

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