Father Gearóid Ó Nuallain

In Ballingeary, c.1912
(Credit: Ted Ó Conaill)
(Colourised: Matt Loughrey, 2020)

An tAthair/Father Gearóid Ó Nuallain (1874-1942). Born in Deargmhuine, Co. Tyrone and one of eight children, he was a student at Coláiste na Mumhan in 1904, the year it opened. He was an Ulster Irish speaker who ‘converted’ to Munster Irish.

The Coláiste appointed him ‘Professor of Teaching Method’ for the 1906 season. He was appointed president following Rev Dr Risteárd Ó Dálaigh in 1919 and continued in the post until 1940. He was also a professor at Coláiste Chomhghaill in Belfast, for a time.

He told his story in Beatha Dhuine e Thoil’.

He was an uncle of the renowned author Brian O’Nolan, Flann O’Brien, aka Myles Na gCopaleen who wrote in Irish as well as English.


Foinse/source: Ainm.ie [ar líne/online]: https://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=217 (ceadaithe/accessed 21/10/2020); Dictionary of Irish Biography (Cambridge, CUP) [ar líne/online]: https://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a6423&searchClicked=clicked&quickadvsearch=yes (ceadaithe/accessed 23/10/2020).


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