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By Ken McGilloway

Born in 1836 close to Strabane, Co. Tyrone, George Sigerson was once knowledgeable in Paris and college collage, Cork, the place he studied medication. He grew to become one of many ideal specialists on illnesses of the worried approach, a school professor, and a prolific author on clinical matters. a good linguist, he made an historical contribution to the Irish literary revival via his translations from Irish into English verse, first of The Poets and Poetry of Munster in 1860, after which in 1897 of the huge Bards of the Gael and Gall. He used to be president of the Irish nationwide Literary Society from 1893 until eventually 1924.

His pen used to be by no means idle in arguing the reason for eire over a variety of debatable matters comparable to the land query, the institution of a countrywide collage, criminal reform, the proven church, the terrible legislation and social and fiscal stipulations. An intimate pal of Charles Kickham, John O’Leary and different Fenian leaders, and later of the poet and 1916 signatory, Thomas MacDonagh, he maintained correspondence with the prime political figures of his time, whereas his domestic in Clare highway in Dublin was once a gathering position for greater than 40 years for literary humans drawn to the Gaelic revival. He used to be appointed a member of Seanad Éireann in 1922 and was once selected to preside at its first meeting.

Douglas Hyde’s desire that the Irish humans might always remember the reminiscence of this nice guy will ultimately be fulfilled with the book of this biography. The fruit of a long time of study by way of Ken McGilloway, it attracts at the memories of Sigerson’s daughter, Hester Sigerson Piatt, contained in a hitherto unpublished manuscript, at the author’s conversations with Hester’s daughter, Eibhlin Humphries, and on letters, pictures and different fabrics which she made on hand, on modern released assets, and at the author’s selection of Sigerson’s personal publications.

The booklet additionally features a bankruptcy at the heritage of the Sigerson Cup – the oldest nationwide trophy in Gaelic video games competitions – written through Dónal McAnallen, co-editor of the hugely acclaimed The Evolution of the GAA.

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