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John MacHale Letter

MSE/IR 1016


Collection Summary

Title: John MacHale Letter
Dates: 1844, March 19
Collection No.: MSE/IR 1016
Creator: MacHale, John (1791-1881)
Extent: 1 letter, 1 page.
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Selected Search Terms

MacHale, John, 1791-1881
Moore, Thomas,1779-1852
Moore's Melodies

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: John MacHale Letter, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: Purchased from Eamonn de Burca, Dublin 2017.

Biographical Note

John MacHale (1791-1881) was the Catholic Archbishop of Tuam from 1834 to his death in 1881. A strong nationalist, he was known as the "Lion of the West". MacHale translated a number of works to Irish, among them the Melodies by Thomas Moore.

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)was educated in his native Dublin and spent much of his adult life in London. As a writer, he became very well-known for his "Irish Melodies". This was a series published by James and William Power, who invited Sir John Stevenson (1762-1833), organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral, to compose arrangements of Irish airs and Thomas Moore to write the verses. The first volumes were published in 1808, and the collaboration continued through the tenth volume, published in 1834.

Scope and Content Note

The letter is a brief note on MacHale's translations of a selection of Moore's songs to the Irish language. The songs, settings of Irish airs with verses composed by Thomas Moore, were enormously popular when first published. The translation by MacHale was published in Dublin in 1842.

The edition of Irish translations by John MacHale of Moore's Melodies is held by the Hesburgh Library:Thomas Moore, John MacHale. Togha Abhrán air Eirinn, Dublin, J. Cumming, 1842.

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