An Connachtach (The Connachtman). Vol. I. No. I. July 1907 – Vol. I No. 11 May 1908.

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A Bilingual Journal devoted to the National Revival. Eleven issues (all published). Designed, Lithographed and Printed at The Athlone Printing Works - “Westmeath Independent Office”, 1907/08. Large quarto. Pictorial printed stapled wrappers. A very good and complete set. Extremely rare.

COPAC locates the BL and TCD sets only.
Front cover illustration of each issue with a striking figure of a West of Ireland man scattering seed by hand, signed T.O’M., over a quotation of Lady Wilde “Scatter the Golden Grain of Lofty Thoughts from which Spring Hero-Deeds.”
A complete run of this ‘short-lived bilingual monthly’, that ran for less than a year. The list of contributors is interesting - some of them were (or became) quite significant figures, notably Tomás Ó Máille, Mícheál Breathnach, Seán Ó Ruadháin, Francis A. Fahy, Lily McManus, etc. As for the pseudonyms, we drew a blank in all but one case: ‘An Buchaillín Buidhe’, namely Ernest Joynt or Earnán de Siúnta (1874-1949), a Methodist from Ballina, County Mayo, who was a native speaker of Mayo Irish and was fluent in several other languages, including Greek and Russian. He was a close friend of Douglas Hyde and wrote numerous books in Irish and one in French. He also produced an updated version of William Daniel’s translation of the New Testament (1602). He was principal of Bolton Street College of Technology from 1919 till his retirement in 1942.

The first editor of ‘An Connachtach’ was Dr Seán Breathnach, he was succeeded in 1908 by Seán Mac Giollarnáth from east Galway - later a famous district justice in Conamara, where he was generally known as Seán Forde. He was a much-loved figure on the bench, he used to say that he was personally acquainted with most of those who came before him (usually for making poitín), and he would realise that the fines he’d impose might be beyond their means, in which case he was known to pay the fine himself! When ‘An Connachtach’ ceased publication in 1908, Mac Giollarnáth became editor of a more famous publication, ‘An Claidheamh Soluis’, where he succeeded his friend Patrick Pearse.

The contents include: Coláisde Chonnacht; Feis Mhór Chonnacht; Colm a Bhailís; An Múinteóir Taisdil; Baile an Fhaoitigh; Feis Mhuigheó; Cumann Cosgtha an Óil; Éire go Bráth; Ruaigeadh an tSeoinín; Smaointe an Cheoltóra; Mná an Iarthair; Liam Ó Maolrúnaidh; Sean-Fhocla agus Baile an Fhaoitigh; Sinn Féin agus Lucht na bhFeisirí; Tír na nÓg; Na Cailligidh Misneach a Ghaedheala; I mBóthar na Trágha; Brian agus Aodh an Bhradáin Ghil; Bás an Ghaillimhigh; Thar Sáile; Niall Naoi- Ghiallaigh; Aodh Ruadh; Dánta; An Sean Rí; An Bhean Bhrónach; Dán Dhonnchadha Mhóir; Aodh Ua Dómhnaill; Teanga Uasal Cineadh Uasal; Éire Óg; Mac an Aodhaire; Dán Donnchadha Mhóir; The Ard Fheis,

Current Affairs; England is the Enemy; The Emigration Question; The Gaelic League in Galway; Irish Women and Irish Homes; Education; The responsibilities of Nationalism; Economics; The G.A.A.; Galway in the Middle Ages; Irish History; The Old Races of Connacht; The Irish Trademark; Irish Women and Irish History; William Rooney; Wolfe Tone at the Hague; Our Teachers; Con Magee; Reviews; Poetry; The Irishman’s Penny; The Grey Wind; Notes and News; School Libraries; The School Girls; The Grey Wind; Poems; The Real Irish Question; The Position of the Farmer; Poetry, Books, etc.; Lord Edward’s Pamela; The Language Collection; The Thief of the World; An Exhibition for Galway; Is the Gaelic League to be Wrecked?; Tuam Notes, Irish in Mayo Schools; etc. Contributors included: Tomás Ó Máille; Eibhlín Concannon; Seaghán Mac Colgain; Mícheál Breathnach; Seaghán Ó Ruadháin; Máire De Róiste; Tomás Ó Gormáin; Roibeard Ua Floinn; F.A. Fahy; Lily McManus; Alice Furlong; Máire ní Eaghra; William Rooney; Alice L. Milligan; Thomas MacDonagh; Seumas MacManus; Eoghan Ó Neachtain; S Ó hAnnaidh [George A. Bermingham]; Mary E.L. Butler; Thomas Forde; Séamus Ó Beirn.

Pseudonyms. Na Beanna Beóla; Sgeólán; Le Sáirséal; Feilméar; Fear na gCnoc; Oisín; An Sean-Rí; Sean Ghall; Gort na bhFear; Maeldúin; Fear an Oileáin; Uachtar Árd; An Buachaillín Buidhe; Bláth Fraoigh; An Sruthán Buidhe; Connachtach; Ó “Cheóltóir an tSléibhe”; Lasairfhíona; An Colmánach; Solus na Feoige; Aughrim; Mac; H; M B; Gaels to Arms.

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