1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Augustus Shea

D. J. O'Donoghue, Poets of Ireland (1912) 421.



JOHN AUGUSTUS SHEA. — Rudekki, a tale of the seventh century; The Lament of Hellas, and other poems, London and Cork, 1826, 8vo; Adolph, and other poems, New York, 1831; Parnassian Wild Flowers, Georgetown, 1836; Clontarf, a narrative poem, etc., New York, 1843; Poems, collected by his son, New York, 1846, 12mo.

Born at Cork in November, 1802, and died in New York, on August 15, 1845. Went to U.S.A. in 1827 and became a journalist. He was a clever poet, and is mentioned with praise in Dublin and London Magazine, 1827 (pp. 632-36). He commenced life as a clerk in Beamish and Crawford's counting-house in Cork, and like Joseph O'Leary (q.v.), P. J. Meagher (q.v.), and J. J. Callanan (q.v.), wrote early in life for The Cork Mercantile Reporter, afterwards contributing several pieces to Bolster's Cork Quarterly. He went to U.S.A. in 1827. He was a friend of John Hogan the sculptor, and when O'Connell, at one of the monster meetings was presented with the Repeal cap by Hogan, he was at the same time given a copy of Shea's "Clontarf." Shea was twice married. One of his sons became a judge. Richard Ryan, in his Poets and Poetry, calls him O'Shea.