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Hyde, Douglas

Born: 1860 AD
Died: 1949 AD
Nationality: Irish
Categories: Nationalist, Politician, Presidents, Writers

1860 – Born on January 17th in Frenchpark, County Roscommon, Ireland. A distinguished Gaelic scholar and writer and first president of the Republic of Ireland (Éire).

An excellent scholar, he won prizes for English verse and prose as well as gaining fluency in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, German and Irish.

1889-1893 – He penned many books of collected verses and folk-tales, such as  Beside the Fire and  Love Songs of Connacht.

         – Hyde was a major founder-member of The Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge) and became its first president.

1909 – He became the first professor of Modern Irish in University College Dublin and held the chair until his retirement.

1915 – When Hyde saw that the Irish language movement was becoming inseparable from republican political ambitions, he resigned the presidency and pursued his literary interests.

1937-1945 – He ended his distinguished career in characteristic style by being unanimously appointed first President of Ireland and remained in office until his term was finished.

1949 – Died on July 12th in Dublin, Ireland.