Pádraic Ó Conaire
Pádraic Ó Conaire was an Irish writer and journalist
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 whose production was primarily in the Irish language
Irish language
Irish , also known as Irish Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is now spoken as a first language by a minority of Irish people, as well as being a second language of a larger proportion of...



Ó Conaire was born in Galway
Galway or City of Galway is a city in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. It is the sixth largest and the fastest-growing city in Ireland. It is also the third largest city within the Republic and the only city in the Province of Connacht. Located on the west coast of Ireland, it sits on the...

 in 1882. His father was a publican
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, who owned two premises in the town. His mother was Kate McDonagh.

After the collapse of his business, his father was forced to emigrate to the United States of America, where he died shortly afterwards. Ó Conaire's mother died in 1893, with the result that the orphaned Ó Conaire (and his brothers Isaac and Michael) were sent to live with their uncle Patrick Conroy in Ros Muc. He attended school in Turlach Beag, having previously gone to the Presentation Convent and The 'Bish' in Galway. He subsequently went to Rockwell College
Rockwell College
Rockwell College, founded in 1864, is a private Catholic secondary school near Cashel, South Tipperary in Ireland. It offers day as well as full boarding. Rockwell is run by the Holy Ghost Fathers.-Politics:...

 and Blackrock College
Blackrock College
Blackrock College is a Catholic voluntary secondary school for boys aged 14–18, located in Williamstown, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland. The College was founded by French missionaries in 1860, to act as a school and civil service training centre. Set in of grounds, it has an illustrious...


He emigrated to London in 1899 where he got a job with the Board of Education
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. He became involved in the work of the Gaelic League. A pioneer in the Irish Literary Revival in the last century, O'Conaire and Patrick Pearse
Patrick Pearse
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 are regarded as being the two most important Irish language short story writers during the first decades of the 20th century.

He was married to Molly Ní Mhanais, with whom he had four children: Eileen (born 22 February 1905), Patrick (born 3 November 1906), Kathleen (born 24 February 1909, and Mary Josephine (28 July 1911–1922) who died of diphtheria
Diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract illness caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, a facultative anaerobic, Gram-positive bacterium. It is characterized by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity...


Ó Conaire returned to Ireland in 1914, leaving his family in London. Living mostly in Galway, he earned a meagre living through writing, teaching at Gaeltacht
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 summer schools, and as an occasional organiser for the Gaelic League.

He died on a visit to Dublin in 1928 after complaining of internal pains while at the head office of the Gaelic League. He was 46.

His fellow poet Frederick Robert Higgins wrote a celebrated Lament for Padraic O Conaire.

A statue to his memory was erected in 1935 in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in the heart of Galway City, at Eyre Square Eyre Square
Eyre Square
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the majority of his family still live in England to this day Derek corr, Eden corr, Zachary corr, Otis corr, issac corr and his great nephew sadly followed in his footsteps and he became a down and out alcoholic . but there respectable corrs tried to help him but failed. also Pádraic Ó Conaire was a great inspiration to the his family because he saved two children in a burning house and later that year he was also going to join the army but then was turned down because of his drinking problems.

Statue & Vandalism

Albert Power's iconic statue of Galway writer Pádraic Ó Conaire was unveiled by Irish leader Éamon de Valera in Eyre Square, on Easter Sunday, 1935. The statue was vandalised by 4 county Armagh men (Gary O'Connor, John McManus, Gavin McNaney and Gareth Leahy) in 1999 and subsequently restored at a cost of £50,000.

Inspiration for Internet based Satire

Ó Conaire's short story M'asal Beag Dubh or My little black donkey is a tale about a dishonest sales-man who works in cahoots with his wife to get an exaggerated price for a lazy donkey. It was the inspiration for an internet based satire on the football transfer market. The fictitious character Masal Bugduv
Masal Bugduv
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 was created, the name sounds just like the Gaelic pronunciation of M'asal Beag Dubh. Journalists who didn't fact check quite as thoroughly as they should have missed the satire and told the world of the up and coming Moldovan star.

List of writings

  • An tÁdh
  • An Scoláire Bocht, agus scéalta eile, 1904
  • Nora Mharcais Bhig, 1906
  • Deoraidheacht, 1910
  • An Scoláire Bocht, agus scéalta eile, 1913
  • An Chéad Chloch, 1914
  • Seacht mBua an Éirí Amach, 1918
  • An Crann Géagach, 1919
  • Tír na n Íontais, 1919
  • Béal an Uaignis, 1921
  • Siol Éabha, 1921
  • An Chinniúint, 1924
  • Eachtraí Móra ón ár Stair, 1924
  • Trí Truaighe na Scealaíochta, 1924
  • Mór thimpeall na hÉireann, ar muir, 1925
  • Fearfeasa Mac Feasa, 1930
  • Brian Óg
  • Beagnach Fíor
  • Cubhair na dTonn
  • Scéalta an tSáirsint Rua
  • Seoigheach an Ghleanna
  • M'asal Beag Dubh

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