Máirtín Ó Cadhain

Irish writer

1906   -   1970

country of citizenship: Republic of Ireland
native language: Irish
languages spoken, written or signed: Irish, English
educated at: St Patrick's College
occupation: writer, literary critic, university teacher

Máirtín Ó Cadhain (Irish pronunciation: [ˈmˠaːɾʲtʲiːnʲ oː ˈkəinʲ]; 1906 – 18 October 1970) was one of the most prominent Irish language writers of the twentieth century. Perhaps best known for his 1949 work Cré na Cille, Ó Cadhain played a key role in bringing literary modernism to contemporary Irish language literature. Politically, he was an Irish nationalist and socialist, promoting the Athghabháil na hÉireann ("Re-Conquest of Ireland"), through Gaelic culture. He was a member of the post-Civil War Irish Republican Army with Brendan Behan during the Emergency.
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