KENNEDY, Patrick. Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts. Collected and narrated by Patrick Kennedy.
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Engraved title and frontispiece. London & New York, Macmillan, 1891. Demy octavo. Second edition. pp. xvi, 312, 56 (catalogue). Marginal repair to one leaf. Light foxing to prelims, otherwise very good.
Kennedy, Patrick (1801-73), writer, folklorist, educator and bookseller, was born in Kilmyshal, near Bunclody, County Wexford, in early 1801. Little is known of his family life other than that his father was Patrick Kennedy and that he appears to have been the fourth child born to his parents. After moving with his family to the town of Castlebrough, near New Ross, c.1807, he received his education at neighbouring Cloughbawn, at a school founded and funded by the local landlord, Robert Shapland Carew (1752-1829); run by a Mr O’Neill, the school seems to have been well thought of throughout the locality and attracted pupils from both catholic and middle-class protestant families.
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