From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
O'Brien, Henry, author of The Round Towers of Ireland, or the Mysteries of Freemasonry, of Sabaism, and of Budhism (1834), was born in Kerry in 1808, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and died in London, 28th June, 1835, aged 27. His extraordinary work on the Round Towers was at one time much esteemed, and was even awarded a prize of £20 by the Royal Irish Academy.
171. Ireland, History of, from the earliest period to the English Invasion: Rev. Geoffrey Keating: Translated from the Irish, and Noted by John O'Mahony. New York, 1857.
299. Round Towers of Ireland: H. O'Brien. London, 1834.
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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