WEFOUNDIllustrious Irishwomen: Volume 1: Being Memoirs of Some of the Most Noted Irishwomen from the Earliest Ages to the Present Century (Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, General)


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Elizabeth Owens Blackburne (1848-1894) was an Irish professional writer, novelist and biographer. These volumes, first published in 1877, contain a series of biographies of famous and eminent Irish women, and were the first biographical reference for this subject to be published. Volume 2 contains biographies of Irish women writers.

Margaret O'Carroll (also known as: Mairgréag Ní Chearbhaill , Margaret O'Connor , or Failge ) was a fifteenth-century Gaelic Irish noblewoman (d. 1451 in Ireland ) who was mainly remembered for her hospitality and piety. She earned the nickname Mairgréag an Einigh ('Margaret of the Hospitality') after hosting two incredible feasts in the year 1433 [1] and went on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1445. [1] [2]

Margaret O'Carroll was the daughter of Tadhg Ó Cearbhaill, chief of Ely (Éile). [1] [3] Much about her early life is unknown, but it is possible that, as the child of the chief of Ely, she may have been fostered by a prominent Irish family in the area. [2] In the early 15th century, she married Calbhach Ó Conchobhair Failghe (Calvach O'Connor Faly, d. 1458), chief of Uíbh Fhailghe ( anglicized as Offaly ). [1]

Calbhach was known for being an expert at raiding. In his obituary in the Annals of the Four Masters he is called a 'man who never refused the countenance of many, and who had won more wealth from his English and Irish enemies than any lord in Leinster'. [4]

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Elizabeth Owens Blackburne (1848-1894) was an Irish professional writer, novelist and biographer. These volumes, first published in 1877, contain a series of biographies of famous and eminent Irish women, and were the first biographical reference for this subject to be published. Volume 2 contains biographies of Irish women writers.