George Sigerson

Poet, Patriot, Scientist and Scholar


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Born in 1836 near Strabane, Co Tyrone, George Sigerson was educated in Paris and University College, Cork, where he studied medecine. He became one of the foremost authorities on diseases of the nervous system, a university professor and a prolific writer on scientific subjects. An outstanding linguist, he made an historic contribution to the Irish literary revival through his translations from Irish to English verse, first of Poets and the Poetry of Munster in 1860, and then in 1897 of the monumental Bards of the Gael and Gall. He was president of the Irish National Literary Society from 1893 to 1924.

The fruit of many years of research by Ken McKilloway, George Sigerson: Poet, Patriot, Scientist and Scholar draws on the recollections of Sigerson's daughter, Hester Sigerson Platt, contained in a hitherto unpublished manuscript, on the author's conversations with Hester's daughter Eibhlin Humphries, and on letters, photographs and other materials which she made available, on contemporary published sources, and on the author's collection of Sigerson's own publications. The book also includes a chapter on the history of the Sigerson Cup - the oldest national trophy in Gaelic games competitions - written by Donal McAnallen, co-editor of the highly acclaimed The Evolution of the GAA.


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Price: £16.99
Author: Ken McGilloway
Illustrator: n/a
ISBN: 9781903688212
No. Pages: 156
Dimensions: 168 x 244mm
Type: Hardback