The Irish Echo, v. IV, no. 9, December 1893.
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VOL. IV. N0. 9. BOSTON, MASS,
There is no name connected with the
language and literature of Ireland so
well known as the inan whose portrait
We give below. Dr. O’Donovan was
born in Kilkenny co., July 9, l809,
' and died in Dublin, Dec. 9,1861. At
an early age he conceived a greatlove
for the study of the old language, and
at the age of twenty was employed in
the Royal Irish Acadeiny, examining
PRICF 10 CENTS,
Masters. So well and so creditably
was this great work perforined that
0’Donovan received in recognition of
his brilliant abilities, the degree of
LL.I). from Tiinity College, and the
Cunniiigliain Medal from the Royal
Irish Academy. Iiitersperced during
these long years of labor on the “Four
Masters,” he edited and translated
several other volumes all illustrative
ancient Irish inan-
uscripts. He rend-
ered some invalu-
able services to
Irish literatiire for
which he was coni-
niended. In 1832
lie contributed. a
series of articles in
the Dublin Penny
Journal oi1 Irish
which brouglit lllll‘.
at once into iioto'
"lety. The faculty
of Trinity College
5111 d the Royal
Irish A c a (1 em y
Were not slow in
1‘0C0giiiz'ing th e ‘
great value of ob-
DR. JOHN O’Do>:ovAx'.
E of Irish history
and literature for
the Irish Arcli.'eo-
logical Celtic So-
ciety, and the Os-
sianic S o c i ety.
The immense la-
bors he perforined
on the translatioii
etc., of the Brclioii
Laws in corjiinc-
tioii with Prof.
O’Curry, was an-
other mark of his
real worth to Irish
S cholars hip.
O’Doiiovan was a
worker in the field
in which he toiled,
many large and
taining the aid of suclianiaii intrans-
lating and illustrating our ancient
Tecords. He gladly undertook the
task, and how well he succeeded the
1'0f1tler canjudge, when we consider
that for 15 years he patiently and
"‘1'(l110iisly labored in editing and traiis-
”t“‘.2‘ the greatest collection of ancient
aiinals possessed bv any nation in
"WODC-Tlie Annals of the Four
were edited after his death which he
left nearly ready for the printycr, by
such men as 'Iodd,. Dr. ‘V liitley
Stokes and others. His graininar of
the Irish language, Dublin I8-I5, is
still :ll0bSi3.‘1l1(l:1I‘(l,:illl;l is not likely
soon 0 e S11p0l'CC(C(
It was his deep aiidleariied research
coupled with that of O’Cui'ry’s, which
made leltic studies possible to-day.
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