Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich

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Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich
Born P. T. McGinley
(1857-10-05)5 October 1857
Allt an Iarainn, County Donegal
Died 1 July 1942(1942-07-01) (aged 84)
Dublin, Ireland
Resting place Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Pen name Cú Uladh
Language Irish, English
Education Blackrock College
Genre Short Story, Plays, Poems
Subject Irish Folklore
Literary movement Gaelic Revival
Notable works Bliain na hAiséirí (1992)
Spouse Elizabeth Woods
Children 12

Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich (5 October 1857 – 1 July 1942; English: P.T. MacGinley), known as Cú Uladh (The Hound of Ulster), was an Irish language writer during the Gaelic Revival. He wrote stories based on Irish folklore, some of the first Irish language plays, and regularly wrote articles in most of the Irish language newspapers such as An Claidheamh Soluis


He was born in Allt an Iarainn, County Donegal to Micheal McGinley and Susan Toner. He attended school locally until he was seventeen. He then attended Blackrock College in Dublin for two years. On leaving school he entered into the British Civil Service becoming an Inland revenue Officer. In 1895 he married Elizabeth Woods (Irish: Sibhéal Ní Uadhaigh) and they had twelve children. He spoke Irish from an early age and kept an interest in the language throughout his life, first publishing and Irish language short story and poem in The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883. It was not until 1895 while living in Belfast that he became involved in the Gaelic Movement.

Conradh na Gaeilge

It was in his Belfast home that the first meeting of the Ulster branch of the Conradh na Gaeilge in 1895. From this point on he became very involved in Conradh na Gaeilge becoming the organisations president on several occasions.

Seanad Éireann

Mac Fhionnlaoich was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1938 to 1942[1] when he was nominated by the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera.

Main works

  1. The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883 (ed.) – (Selection of short stories and poems in English and Irish from Donegal authors.)
  2. Miondrámanna (1902) – (Three mini plays)
  3. Handbook of Irish Teaching (1902)
  4. An Pléidseam (1903)
  5. Tá na Francaighe ar an Mhuir (1905) – (Play)
  6. An Léightheoir Gaedhealach (1907) – (Irish language reader)
  7. Eachtra Aodh Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill (1911) – (Folklore)
  8. Conchubhar Mac Neasa (1914) – (Folklore)
  9. Ciall na Sean-Ráidhte (1914). Republished as: Ciall na Seanráite (1992). New edition edited by Seán Mac Aindreasa.
  10. An Cogadh Dearg agus Scéalta Eile (1918) – (Short stories)
  11. Scríobhnóirí Móra Chúige Uladh 1530–1750 (1925) – (Authors of Ulster)
  12. Bliain na hAiséirí (1992). Edited by Éamon Ó Ciosáin – (1916 Easter Rising)


  1. ^ "Mr. Peadar (Cú Uladh) MacFhionnlach". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 31 December 2008.

External links

  • – Handbook of Irish Teaching
  • – Conchubhar Mac Neasa
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