Honouring Writer Seosamh Mac Grianna with a Plaque in St. Anne's Park

09 Jun 2023

In a recent ceremony, Seosamh Mac Grianna, a renowned Irish-language writer, was honoured with a commemorative plaque at his former residence in St. Anne's Park.

Born in 1901 in Donegal, Mac Grianna hailed from a family known for their storytelling abilities, including his brother Séamus Ó Grianna, who also became a prominent Irish-language author.

Having received his training as a national schoolteacher in St. Pat's, Drumcondra, it was in 1924 that Mac Grianna began writing in the Irish language. During the years 1924 and 1925, he made notable contributions to the newly established An tUltach, submitting a collection of his early short stories, including 'Teampall Chonchubhair,' 'Teacht Cheallaigh Mhóir,' and 'Leas ná Aimhleas.'

These stories later formed the foundation of his debut book, 'Dochartach Dhuibhlionna & sgéalta eile' (1925). Moreover, he actively contributed articles to various publications, such as the Irish Press.

In the early 1950s, Mac Grianna settled in a residence located along the coast road in St. Anne's Park, close to Watermill Road.

The commemorative plaque is now proudly displayed on one of the remaining gate pillars of his former home.

During the unveiling ceremony, Councillor Donna Cooney, representing the Lord Mayor, extended congratulations to the local Ciorcal Comhrá Raheny group, whose proposal led to the plaque being erected.

The decision was made by the Dublin City Council Commemorations & Naming Committee, whose chair Councillor Micheál Mac Donncha, stated, “The Commemorative Plaques Scheme allows the City to formally commemorate people who have made a significant contribution to the life of Dublin.

“We welcome suggestions from the public for people and events to be commemorated, and full details are on the Council website.”

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