From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Dermody, Thomas, a poet, was born in Ennis, 17th January 1775. Although his memoirs have been written at considerable length, and his poems were in his time much esteemed, the former contain little of real interest, and the latter are now quite forgotten. Endowed with fine natural abilities, he was befriended by the amiable Countess of Moira, and by other persons of refinement and position, but nothing could wean him from dissolute and irregular habits, and he died in poverty, alone, in a wretched hovel near Sydenham, England, 15th July 1802, aged 27. His poems were published in 1807 under the title of the Harp of Erin.
99. Dermody, Thomas, Memoirs: James G. Raymond. 2 vols. London, 1806.
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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