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Cuán ua Lothcháin (d. 1024), Gaelic poet, is variously designated Ireland's 'chief poet' (príméices, in, for example, the annals of Ulster, or ardfhili, in the annals of Inisfallen) and 'chief historian' (prímshenchaid, in the annals of Tigernach) in his obituary notices. There are no reliable data concerning his background or career: his family name is twice given as ...

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English, William (1708x15–1778), Roman Catholic priest and Gaelic poet, may have been a native of Newcastlewest, co. Limerick, or of co. Tipperary. His date of birth has been given variously as 1708–9 and 1715 but is not known for certain. He moved to ...

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Gilla Cóemáin (fl. 1072), Gaelic poet, was one of the most important medieval Irish learned poets; his floruit derives from a reference within one of his poems, but otherwise practically nothing is known about him apart from his verse. In the last stanza of his longest poem he is called son (or grandson) of ...

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Gordon, William (1770–1820), Gaelic poet, was born on 20 November 1770 at Creech, in Sutherland. Aged over twenty he entered the army, and served in the Reay fencibles in Ireland until their disbandment in 1802. In 1799, while stationed in the town of ...

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Haicéad, Pádraigín [Patrick Hackett] (d. 1654), Dominican prior of Cashel and Irish-language poet, was the second surviving son of James Hackett FitzPiers and his wife, Margaret Kearney, of Baltarsna in the parish of Ballysheehan, co. Tipperary. Pádraigín (‘ín’ being a diminutive suffix of endearment) had been a popular Christian name among the ...

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Mac an Bhaird family (per. c. 1400–c. 1695), Gaelic poets, was an Irish family (clann an Bhaird, ‘the children of the bard’) famous for poetry and learning. The name suggests an early link with learning, through descent from a bard, the earliest kind of poet attested among the Celtic peoples, who was in medieval ...

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