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Personal library of Daniel Corkery.

About the Collection

The collection reflects the personal and professional interests of Daniel Corkery, including his publications. here are c.1170 items; it is predominantly a 20th century library with 100 items from 18th -19th centuries. Languages in the collection include English, Irish, French and German.

The collection prefix before the call number is: Corkery.

Biographical History

Daniel Corkery (Ó Corcora, Domhnall) (1878–1964) was a writer, cultural philosopher, and literary critic, born in Cork City. He was largely self-taught. He never married and spent his whole life in the Cork area. He was educated at the Presentation Brothers' South Monastery school and in 1906-1907 completed a year's teacher training at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. He taught for some years at St Francis's national school in Cork city centre. He joined the Gaelic League which gave him an opportunity for social and cultural activities such as choral and musical performance. While he developed his cultural philosophy and his enthusiasm for Irish Ireland, he also began writing short stories. In 1908 he was one of a group which established the Cork Dramatic Society (CDS). From 1913-1920 he taught in the north-side school of St Patrick's.  He spent the next ten years working in various capacities under the auspices of Cork county vocational education committee. He was a travelling teacher of art, woodwork, and Irish, did clerical work for a time, and then served as an inspector in the Irish language. From 1931-1947 he was Professor of English in UCC. He was awarded a D.Litt degree, Honoris causa in 1948. From 1951-1954 he sat in the Irish Senate and during the 1950s he also sat on the Arts Council.

Between 1916-1931 Corkery's key works were published: The Munster Twilight (1916), The threshold of quiet (1917), The labour leader (1919), The yellow bittern and other plays and The Hounds of Banba (both 1920), Resurrection and The Hidden Ireland: a study of Gaelic Munster in the eighteenth century (both 1924), The Stormy Hills (1929), Synge and Anglo-Irish literature (1931). In 1939 his final work Earth Out of Earth was published.

Collection Highlights

Front cover to 'Skelton's Poems.

Limited to 780 copies of which this is no. 406.

Skelton, John. Poems. London: W. Heinemann, 1924.

Front cover to 'The Rosses and other poems'

O'Sullivan, Seamuas. The Rosses, and other poems. Dublin; London: Maunsel, 1918.

Front cover to 'Three Reformers'

View this item in the online exhibition Matters French

Maritain, Jacques. Three Reformers: Luther — Descartes — Rousseau. London: Sheed and Ward, 1944.

Front cover to 'Tom Moore'

Trench, W.F. Tom Moore: a lecture, now revised with additions. Dublin: At the sign of the Three candles, 1934.

Inscription from WF Trench to Daniel Corkery

Trench, W.F. Tom Moore: a lecture, now revised with additions. Dublin: At the sign of the Three candles, 1934.

More Information

UCC Library Archives Service holds the Papers of Daniel Corkery (Dónal Ó Corcora) (UC/DC/).