Thursday 10 April 2014

Máire MacNeill, folklorist and author

Photographs of Ruan New Graveyard taken by Linda Hogan have been added to the Graveyard Inscriptions Collection in Foto. The collection includes the grave of folklorist and author Máire MacNeill and her husband John L. Sweeney. Máire was the daughter of nationalist politician and academic Eoin MacNeill. She worked at the Irish Folklore Commission under James Delargy and is best known for her book on Celtic harvest festivals Festival of Lughanasa. She also published a book on Máire Rua, Maire Rua: Lady of Leamaneh. She moved to Corofin in the 1960s and lived there beside Lake Inchiquin until her death.

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