1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles O'Flaherty

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 352.



Charles O'Flaherty — Poems, Dublin, 1813; Poems and Songs (two volumes?), Dublin, 1821; Trifles in Poetry, etc., Dublin, 1821, 8vo; Retrospection, or A Lover's Lapses and a Poet's Love, being an attempt to illustrate the tender passion, with other trifles in poetry and prose, including a few rough rhymes and a couple of sketches of Donnybrook Fair, taken on the spot in the autumn of 1822-23 (over signature of "Rory O'Reilly, stonecutter"), Dublin, printed for the author, 1824.

Also wrote Hermit Minstrelsy, but this was probably not a separate volume. He was the son of a pawnbroker in Ross Lane, Dublin, who died while he was still young. He was apprenticed to a bookseller in Parliament Street, and began to write verse for the Morning Post, afterwards joining its staff. He stayed on it for several years, and in 1826 went to Wexford to edit the Evening Post, dying there (probably) in May, 1828, aged 34. He was the author of Judy Rooney, Biddy Maguire of Ballinaclash, and other songs once popular. He was also undoubtedly the author of The Humours of Donnybrook Fair, so constantly and wrongly attributed to Lysaght, and it is in his 1821 volume. His first volume was dedicated to Thomas Moore. He was doubtless the C. O. F. who wrote verse for the Dublin and London Magazine, 1825-26.