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THE

WORTHIES OF IRELAND.

Biographia Dibernica.

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY

OF THE

WORTHIES OF IRELAND,

FROM THE

EARLIEST PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME.

WRITTEN AND COMPILED
BY RICHARD RYAN.

“ On Lough Neagh's banks as the fisherman strays,

“ When the clear cold eve's declining,
“ He sees the round towers of other days

“ In the wave beneath him shining :
«« Thus shall memory often, in dreams sublime,

“ Catch a glimpse of the days that are over;
“ Thus, sighing, look through the waves of time,
For the long faded glories they cover."

MOORE'S IRISH MELODIES.

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JOHN WARREN, OLD BOND STREET;
M. N. MAHON; R. MILLIKEN; AND HODGES & M'ARTHUR,

DUBLIN

MDCCCXXI.

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BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY

OF THE

WORTHIES OF IRELAND.

MATTHEW CONCANEN, A MINOR poet, of considerable abilities, and a miscellaneous writer of some note in his day, was a native of Ireland, and was descended from a good family in that kingdom. He was liberally educated by his parents, and was bred to the law, in which profession he seems not to have made any great figure. From some cause or other, he conceived an aversion to Dr. Swift, for his abuse of whom the world has taxed him with ingratitude. Concanen, it is true, had once enjoyed some degree of Swift's favour (who was not always very happy in his choice of companions); and it is said, he had an opportunity of perusing some of the Doctor's poems in manuscript, which he unhesitatingly thought fit to appropriate and publish as his own. But this story is by no means authenticated. As affairs did not prosper much with him in Ireland, he came over to London, in company with a Mr. Stirling, a dramatic poet of little celebrity; and deeming nothing so profitable or so likely to recommend him to public notice as political writing, he speedily commenced an advocate

vol. II.

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