Gerald Griffin
Gerald Griffin was an Irish
Irish people
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 novelist, poet
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 and playwright
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He was born in Limerick
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, Ireland
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, the son of a brewer. He went to London
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 in 1823 and became a reporter for one of the daily papers, and later turned to writing fiction. One of his most famous works is 'The Collegians', written about the murder of the Colleen Bawn
Colleen Bawn
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 - the name under which the novel was performed as a stage play - in 1820. In 1838, he burned all of his unpublished manuscripts and joined the Catholic religious order "Congregation of Christian Brothers
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" at The North Monastery
The North Monastery
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, Cork, where he died from typhus
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Gerald Griffin has a street named after him in Limerick City and another in Cork City, Ireland. Loughill/Ballyhahill GAA club in west Limerick play under the name of Gerald Griffins.

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