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Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich (P.T. McGinley)
Born 5 October 1857(1857-10-05)
Allt an Iarainn, Co. Donegal
Died 1 July 1942 (aged 84)
Resting place Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Pen name Cú Uladh
Language Irish, English
Genres Short Story, Plays, Poems
Subjects Irish Folklore
Literary movement Gaelic Revival
Notable work(s) Bliain na hAiséirí (1992)

Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich (5 October 1857 – 1 July 1942; English: P.T. MacGinley), known as Cú Uladh (The Hound of Ulster), was an Irish language writer during the Gaelic Revival. He wrote stories based on Irish folklore, some of the first Irish language plays, and regularly wrote articles in most of the Irish language newspapers such as An Claidheamh Soluis



Cú Uladh was born in Allt an Iarainn, County Donegal to Micheal McGinley and Susan Toner. He attended school locally until he was seventeen. He then attended Blackrock College in Dublin for two years. On leaving school he entered into the British Civil Service becoming an Inland revenue Officer. In 1895 he married Elizabeth Woods (Irish: Sibhéal Ní Uadhaigh) and they had twelve children. Cú Uladh spoke Irish from an early age and kept an interest in the language through out his life, first publishing and Irish language short story and poem in The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883. It was not until 1895 while living in Belfast that he became involved in the Gaelic Movement.

Conradh na Gaeilge

It was in Cú Uladh's Belfast home that the first meeting of the Ulster branch of the Conradh na Gaeilge in 1895. From this point on Cú Uladh became very involved in Conradh na Gaeilge becoming the organisations president on several occasions.

Seanad Éireann

Cú Uladh was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1938–1942[1] when he was nominated by Taoiseach Éamon de Valera.

Main works

  1. The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883 (ed.) – (Selection of short stories and poems in English and Irish from Donegal authors.)
  2. Miondrámanna (1902) – (Three mini plays)
  3. Handbook of Irish Teaching (1902)
  4. An Pléidseam (1903)
  5. Tá na Francaighe ar an Mhuir (1905) – (Play)
  6. An Léightheoir Gaedhealach (1907) – (Irish language reader)
  7. Eachtra Aodh Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill (1911) – (Folklore)
  8. Conchubhar Mac Neasa (1914) – (Folklore)
  9. Ciall na Sean-Ráidhte (1914). Republished as: Ciall na Seanráite (1992). New edition edited by Seán Mac Aindreasa.
  10. An Cogadh Dearg agus Scéalta Eile (1918) – (Short stories)
  11. Scríobhnóirí Móra Chúige Uladh 1530–1750 (1925) – (Authors of Ulster)
  12. Bliain na hAiséirí (1992). Edited by Éamon Ó Ciosáin – (1916 Easter Rising)


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