Padraic Colum

(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Padraic Colum
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an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, playwright, children's author and collector of folklore. He was one of the leading figures of the Celtic Revival.

Early life

Colum was born Patrick Collumb in a County Longford workhouse, where his father worked. He was the first of eight children born to Patrick and Susan Collumb. When the father lost his job in 1889, he moved to the United States to participate in the Colorado gold rush. Padraic and his mother and siblings remained in Ireland. When the father returned in 1892, the family moved to Glasthule, near Dublin, where his father was employed as Assistant Manager at Sandycove and Glasthule railway station. His son... more »

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  • ''O farmer, strong farmer!
    You can spend at the fair,
    But your face you must turn
    To your crops and your care;''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxfo...
  • ''To Meath of the pastures,
    From wet hills by the sea,
    Through Leitrim and Longford,
    Go my cattle and me.''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. A Drover (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford...
  • ''Oh, to have a little house!
    To own the hearth and stool and all!
    The heaped-up sods upon the fire,
    The pile of turf against the wall!''
    Padraic Colum (1881-1972), Irish poet. An Old Woman of the Roads (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
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