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Michael O'Hickey (12 March 1860 – 1916) was an Irish Catholic priest and professor of Irish at Maynooth College and an Irish language campaigner.

Michael O'Hickey was born in Carrickbeg, County Waterford, Ireland. He was an active member of the Gaelic League and studied under the noted Irish scholar Sean Plemion. He clashed with the Bishops and establishment and was dismissed in 1909 from his position as Professor of Irish, for his conduct in the controversy over Irish as a matriculation subject for the new National University of Ireland.[1]

He received support for many Irish Nationalist and language activists, and some of his colleagues such as the Theology Professor in Maynooth Walter McDonald.[2]

Sometimes his name appears as Michael Hickey rather than the Irish Micheal O'Hickey.


  1. ^ Drums under the Windows by Sean O'Casey, The Third Volume of O'Casey's memoirs, The Macmillan Company (New York 1950)
  2. ^ Catholic Churchmen and the Celtic Revival in Ireland, 1848–1916 By Kevin Collins. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004. Pp. 203.


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