MacDONAGH, Thomas. Thomas Campion and the Art of English Poetry [INSCRIBED BY THE IRISH PATRIOT]
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Dublin: Hodges, Figgis. London: Simpkin Marshall, 1913. First edition. Crown octavo. pp. ix, 128, . Blue cloth, title in gilt on spine. Signed presentation copy from Thomas MacDonagh to T. P. Gill: "With the author's respects and compliments", dated 14.2.1913. A fine copy.
Thomas MacDonagh (1878-1916), poet, dramatist and patriot, born at Cloughjordan, County Tipperary and educated at Rockwell College. In 1902 he joined the Gaelic League, moving to Dublin in 1908 became the first staff member and assistant head to Patrick Pearse at St. Enda's College at Rathfarnham. Later he became disillusioned with the Gaelic League, as Yeats recorded in his diary. He studied part-time at U.C.D. and wrote the present work as an M.A. thesis, in which he claimed Campion as an author of Irish extraction. A signatory to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, he took part in the Easter Rising as commander of the Volunteers in Jacob's factory. With the other leaders he was condemned to death by a British court-martial, and executed by firing squad on 3 May 1916. A fine association from MacDonagh. T. P. Gill was a journalist, later an influential civil servant.
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