John O’Donovan (1806-61)

John O’Donovan (1806-61)

Originating as coursework for an MA in Digital Arts and Humanities at University College, Cork, in 2015, this website seeks to gather together materials relating to the life and times of historian and textual scholar John O’Donovan (1806-61) — Seán Ó Donnabháin in Irish — for the purpose re-presenting (and re-assessing) them in this, the early 21st century.

Best known, perhaps, for his standard-setting edition of Annála Ríoghachta Éireann [Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland] (1848–51), the so-called ‘Annals of the Four Masters’, O’Donovan is also justly celebrated for his erudite and lively Ordnance Survey letters, his selfless meticulous work for the Irish Archaeological Society, his Grammar of the Irish Language (1845), and his work on the manuscript materials relating to the ancient laws of Ireland. However, he first came to public notice by way of a series of articles in the Dublin Penny Journal in the early 1830s, and so, therefore, it is with these that we too begin (see here).

DSCF4063A graduate of London’s South Bank Polytechnic and the University of Edinburgh, in the 1990s Perry O'Donovan worked on the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University (1992-99) editing the letters of Charles Darwin, a 33-volume series published by Cambridge University Press. Love from Cork is his book on the postcards of Cork, Santiago, Here I Come! is his collection of essays on walking across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, and The Wordkern Archive his blog. He is @wordkern on Twitter and may be found on several other social media — LinkedIn, GoodReads, Facebook, Pinterest etcet.