Ulick Bourke

Ulick Bourke

Cannon Ulick Bourke, (also known by his name in Irish, "Uileog de Búrca"), (December 29, 1829 – November 22, 1887) was an Irish scholar and writer who founded the Gaelic Union, which later developed into the Gaelic League (or "Conradh na Gaeilge"). [ [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/16011c.htm Ulick Joseph Bourke] - Catholic Encyclopedia article; and [http://www.pgil-eirdata.org/html/pgil_datasets/authors/b/Bourke,UJ/life.htm Princess Grace Irish Library (Monaco) - Website] ]

Among his works were "The College Irish Grammar" and "Pre-Christian Ireland". [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=XeExr2wrd8IC&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=%22Ulick+Bourke%22+and+%22poet%22&source=web&ots=_ZggWuiNc9&sig=OfyXvTlMrqljyGDk965jYCgpZ0M#PPA131,M1 Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History by Joseph Lennon] ] Bourke was educated at Errew Monastery; St. Jarlath's College; and Maynooth.

A plaque in honour of Uileog de Búrca was erected by Conradh na Gaeilge at the place of his birth on Linnenhall Street in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. A Gaelscoil, "Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca" in Claremorris was also named in his honour in 1981. [ [http://www.castlebar.ie/photos/mdonnelly/stpatricksday/2007/glry/index/c_g_scoil_tnmu6h6843.html Gaelscoil Uileog de Búrca] ] The late scholar's name is also given to the Claremorris branch of Conradh na Gaeilge.


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