1857 – Birth of Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich, known as Cú Uladh (The Hound of Ulster).

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

He was an Irish language writer during the Gaelic Revival. He wrote stories based on Irish folklore, some of the first Irish language plays, and regularly wrote articles in most of the Irish language newspapers such as An Claidheamh Soluis.

Cú Uladh was born in Allt an Iarainn, Co Donegal to Micheal McGinley and Susan Toner. He attended school locally until he was seventeen. He then attended Blackrock College in Dublin for two years. On leaving school he entered into the British Civil Service becoming an Inland revenue Officer. In 1895 he married Elizabeth Woods (Sibhéal Ní Uadhaigh) and they had twelve children. Cú Uladh spoke Irish from an early age and kept an interest in the language throughout his life, first publishing an Irish language short story and poem in The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883. It was not until 1895 while living in Belfast that he became involved in…

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