Patrick Ferriter (1856 – 1924) manuscript collector, Dingle and USA

Posted: June 17, 2015 in Uncategorized
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  • Patrick Ferriter was born in an Baile Uachtarach on the Dingle peninsula.
  • He collected local songs, poems, stories and folklore. He also copied from other manuscripts which he had on loan.
  • In 1896 he left Ireland for Boston and continued to collect material from Irish speakers he met there.
  • Ferriter also visited the Boston Athenaeum and transcribed material from three Irish language manuscripts that he found there.
  • In 1903 Ferriter moved to New York, where he edited material for the Irish language column of The Gaelic American.
  • He also contributed material to the bilingual journal An Gaodhal.
  • Ferriter fell sick in the year 1922 and some time later moved to Chicago to be with relatives.
  • He bequeathed his entire manuscript collection to Douglas Hyde for the library of the National University of Ireland, Dublin.

Many thanks to Dr. Séamus Ó Diolluin, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and UCD library for this biographical information on Patrick Ferriter.

The Patrick Ferriter Manuscript Collection was  donated to UCD Library in 1924.

It contains 57 vols

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