O'Kearney (Nicholas)

  • fl. 19th century
  • scribes, scholars
  • (agents)
Nicholas O'Kearney /Nioclás Ó Cearnaigh, Irish scholar
scribes:O'Kearney (Nicholas)
OʼKearney, Nicholas, The prophecies of Ss. Columbkille, Maeltamlacht, Ultan, Seadhna, Coireall, Bearcan, Malachy, &c. : together with the prophetic collectanea, or gleanings of several writers who have preserved portions of the now lost prophecies of our saints, with literal translation and notes, Dublin, London: John O'Daly, John Russell Smith, 1856.  

O’Kearney’s source materials for the texts he provides are not clear. On pp. 16-17, he tries to assure the reader “that the original Irish accompanying the translation has been copied from old vellum manuscripts, and that no pains or expense has been spared to procure copies wherever they were known to have extant. To this may be added the care and trouble taken to collate the transcripts made with an old paper copy of most of those rophecies which belonged to a student, named O'Hagan, of St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, who, at his decease, some years ago, bequeathed it to the Library of that Institution, where it now lies, and can be inspected by the curious. Hence, it is hoped that the antiquity of the language will be found a sufficient proof of their originality, and the purity of the metre, of their perfect correctness.” The paper manuscript referred to is not known today.

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OʼKearney, Nicholas [ed. and tr.], Feis tighe Chonain Chinn-Shleibhe, or the festivities at the house of Conan of Ceann-Sleibhe in the country of Clare, Transactions of the Ossianic Society, 2, Dublin, 1855.
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OʼKearney, Nicholas, The battle of Gabhra: Garristown in the County of Dublin, fought A.D. 283, Transactions of the Ossianic Society, 1, Dublin: John O'Daly, 1854.
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Stewart, Bruce, Ricorso: a knowledge of Irish literature, Online, ?–present. URL: <http://www.ricorso.net>. 
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