Tadhg Gaelach Ó Súilleabháin

Life
?1715-1795 [Gaedhealach Ó Súilliobháin]; b. Limerick, d. Waterford; early life as wandering poet in Waterford and Cork, a Jacobite poem earning him imprisonment in Cork City; settled in middle age in Dungarvan, becoming deeply religious; Bishop of Raphoe in 1802 or poss. one of his parish clergy collected Timothy O’Sullivan’s Pious Miscellany; to which is added a poem on the Passion of Our Saviour, by the Rev. Dr. Coyle, Roman Catholic Bishop of Raphoe (Clonmel 1802); immensely popular, reprinting 40 times in Clonmel, Cork and Dublin; set to music; republished with additional matter by John O’Daly (Dublin 1858); his poems were edited by Fr. Patrick Dineen as Amhráin Thaidg Gaedhealaigh Uí Súilleabháin (1903) while Richard Foley [Risteárd Ó Fughludha] edited the Miscellany in issues of The Gaelic American (NY, Oct 1910-Feb 1911), under pen-name ‘Fiachra Eilgeach’. DIW OCIL

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Works
Pious Miscellany ( Limerick [1832]), and Do. [6th edn.] (Cork 1817); Patrick Dineen, ed., with notes, Amhráin Thaidg Gaedhealaigh Uí Súilleabháin iar n-a gcruinniughadh is a gcur i n-eagar leis an Athair Pádraig Ua Duinnín (Dublin 1903); Padraig J. Daly, ed., Furnace of Love: A Selection from the Religious Poetry of Gaelach Ó Súilleabháin (Dublin: Dedalus Press 2002), 44pp.

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Notes
Seamus Ua Casaide, ‘Some Missing Books’, in Irish Book Lover (Oct. 1909), seeks to learn about T. O’Sullivan (Tadhg Gaolach), Pious Miscellany, with edns. in Limerick ante 1832; Clonmel circa 1804-1811 and another 1816, and ‘any edition prior to 6th edn. (Cork 1817)’, adding parenthetically: ‘Vide Father Dineen’s Edition of T. Sullivan’s Poems (Dublin 1903), and bibliographical article in Irishleabhair no Gaedhilge, Dublin Dec. 1905.)

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