1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Hillary

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 197.



Joseph Hillary. — Poems, containing Lyric Pieces, Tales, Elegies, Cork, 1794.

The son of a silversmith in North Main St. Cork, and a poet and novelist. There is a notice of him, it appears, in the Munster Olive Branch (1814), a short-lived Cork magazine. He was left a fortune by his father, but ran through it very quickly, and subsisted in some manner by writing for the papers. He published a novel, entitled The Parish Priest in Ireland, through Michael Mathews, of Cork, in or about 1814, and died about the same time.