At p 138 of vol i of Ériu (1904), there is a list of donations and
subscriptions made to the School of Irish Learning (which then poduced
There are 82 people listed.
One of the lovely things about studying ancient texts is that you
sometimes feel a connection with people in the past. I feel a particular
affection for these 82 individuals, because without them there would
probably have been no Ériu.
I was suprised at how many of them I already knew. Some were (or
became) famous Celtic scholars:
Kuno Meyer, R.A.S. MacAlister, E.J. Gwynn, Whitley Stokes, P.W. Joyce LLD
and not-quite-so-famous Celtic scholars:
Mrs A.S. Green (I have one of her calling cards, left in her
presentation copy of Ériu which I bought online), Mrs M.A. Hutton (who
produced a retelling of the Táin in English - I have a postcard she
received from Brittany 100 years ago or so).
Others were famous for other reasons:
Lady Gregory, Maud Gonne MacBride (after whom Yeats pined so
incessantly), Chief Baron Palles (a great Irish judge who I knew from my
days lecturing law at UCD).
Most of the donations were of around one pound, but two people gave 50
The Rt Hon Lord Castletown, CMG, and one 'E.W. Barron'.
Does anyone know anything about this E.W. Barron? (Or anyone else on the
list for that matter?) I would love to be introduced to him.
(Some of the names are vaguely familiar and would probably jump out an
say 'hi' if I did a google; for instance, John Sweetman was later
President of Sinn Féin - but somehow that doesn't count. It is
interesting to note that there is one 'Anonymous', who gave 10 shillings
and sixpence, as well as a 'Fear gan ainm' who gave a pound.)
Here is the full list:
Sir H. Bellingham, Bt.
Hon. E. Blake., K.C., M.P.
J. St. Clair Boyd, M.D.
Rev T. Busker
S. H. Butcher, J.P. LITT.D., LL.D.
Gen. Sir. Wm. Butler, K>C>B>
The Rt. Hon. Lord Castletown, C.M.G.
Sir Martin Conway
M.F. Cox, M.D., F.R.U.I.
Capt. Hon. Otway Cuffe
Lord De Freyne
The Very Rev. Wm. Delany, S.J., D.D.
Countess Dowager of Desart
E.R. McC. Dix
Miss Louisa Farquarson
Fear gan ainm
F. Evatt Gahagan
Mrs A.S. Green
E.J. Gwynn, M.a., F.T.C.D.
The Most Rev. Dr Healy, Archbishop of Tuam
T.M. Healy, M.P.
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Hutton
Rt. Hon. Lord Iveagh, K.P.
Hon. Walter James
Capt. Bryan J. Jones
P.W. Joyce, LL.D.
T. Aliaga Kelly
Professor W.P. Kerr, LL.D.
C.D. La Touche
Rev. P Lonergan, C.C.
D. Lynch, M.D.
Professor Kuno Meyer
Norman Moore, M.D.
R.A.S. MacAlister, M.A.
Mrs Maud Gonne MacBride
Rt. Hon. Sir A.P. MacDonnell, G.C.S.I., K.C.V.O.
Professor J. MacKinnon
J.J. O'Carroll, M.D.
The Most Rev. Dr O'Dea, Bishop of Clonfert
Rev. J. O'Donovan, Adm.
The Most Rev. Dr O'Dwyer, Bishop of Limerick
C.H. Oldham, B.L.
Rev. David O'Leary, P.P.
Chief Baron Palles
Miss S. Purser
T.W. Rolleston, M.A.
Professor Ronald Ross, F.R.S.
The Rt, Hon. The Earl of Rosse, K.P.
The Hon. Charles Russell
Most Rev. Dr Sheehan, Bishop of Waterford
Sir Thornely Stoker, M.D.
Whitley Stokes, D.C.L.
Professor W.F. Trench
Lawrence A. Waldron, M.P.
C.T. Hagberg Wright, LL.D.
Ed. Perceval Wright, M.D.
Henry Cecil Wyld