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Dáithí Ó hÓgáin – Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh A Anam

A brief post to mark the passing of Professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin, a man who brought academic rigour to the popular promotion of Early Irish Literature, Mythology and Folklore. From the Irish Times:

“The funeral takes place today of folklorist and UCD emeritus professor Dáithí Ó hÓgáin.

Prof Ó hÓgáin, originally from Bruff, Co Limerick, but living in Bray, Co Wicklow, was a professor of Irish folklore at UCD, and the author of many books on the subject.

He worked at the university for almost 40 years and was the author of books including The Sacred Isle and The Lore of Ireland, a weighty encyclopedia of folklore.

He died on Sunday, aged 62. He is survived by his wife Caitríona, children Aisling, Orla, Niamh, Ruán and Sadhbh, two grandchildren and his brothers and sisters.”

His body of work was phenomenal, running to dozens of articles, pamphlets and books. But undoubtedly his greatest contribution is the huge compendium of native Irish literary knowledge published in “The Lore of Ireland: An Encyclopaedia of Myth, Legend and Romance“. Like may others I found it an invaluable introduction to Ireland’s indigenous traditions (and still do).

He will be sadly missed.

2 comments on “Dáithí Ó hÓgáin – Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh A Anam

  1. I have THE LORE OF IRELAND and it has been an invaluable aid to a project I am working on. To have had such a knowledge is overwhelming. I went to send an e-mail to thank him for the book and it was only then that I learned of his death, His book has pride of place on my shelf and I am forever grateful to his unsurpassed knowledge on Ireland’s romantic mythology.


    • I share your feelings. His much-thumbed “Myth, Legend and Romance” sits pride of place on my bookshelf. The world is a poorer place without him.


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