Mary Elizabeth Byrne

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Mary Elizabeth Byrne
Mary Elizabeth Byrne

(1880-07-02)July 2, 1880[1]
DiedJanuary 19, 1931(1931-01-19) (aged 50)
EducationDominican Convent
Alma materRoyal University of Ireland
OccupationAuthor, Researcher, and Linguist[2]

Mary Elizabeth Byrne, M.A. (July 2, 1880 – January 19, 1931) was an Irish linguist, author, and journalist.

She translated[3] the Old Irish Hymn, "Bí Thusa 'mo Shúile," into English as "Be Thou My Vision" in Ériu (the journal of the School of Irish Learning), in 1905.[4][5]

A linguist, Byrne received her education from the Dominican Convent in Dublin, and the National University of Ireland, where she graduated in 1905.[6] She received the Chancellor's Gold Medal at the Royal University of Ireland.[7] She worked for the Board of Intermediate Education, and helped compile the Catalog of the Royal Irish Academy.[8] She also contributed to the Old and Mid-Irish Dictionary and Dictionary of the Irish Language, and wrote a treatise on England in the Age of Chaucer.[9][10]


  1. ^ The Cyber Hymnal™ Biography of Mary Elizabeth Byrne Archived 2012-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Robert Cottrill Today in 1880 – Mary Byrne Born, 2010-07-02
  3. ^ Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton. The One Year Book of Hymns, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL; 1995, ISBN 0-8423-5095-0, p. "June 10"
  4. ^ Ériu, vol. 2, Dublin, 1905
  5. ^ The United Methodist Hymnal (Nashville, TN; The United Methodist Publishing House, 1989), Hymn 451
  6. ^ Katie Donovan, A. N. Jeffares, & Brendan Kennelly, eds., Ireland’s Women (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1994); Gerald Dawe, ed., The Younger Irish Poets (Blackstaff [1982]; poems, rev. 1991), pp.65-73.
  7. ^ LindaJo H. McKim. The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion. Westminster John Knox Press; 1993-06-01. ISBN 978-0-664-25180-2. p. 239.
  8. ^ Raymond F. Glover. The Hymnal 1982 Companion. Vol. 3. Church Publishing, Inc.; 1995. ISBN 978-0-89869-143-6. p. 361–362.
  9. ^ Kenneth W. Osbeck. 101 More Hymn Stories. Kregel Publications; 1985. ISBN 978-0-8254-3420-4. pp. 42–44.
  10. ^ C. Michael Hawn. HISTORY OF HYMNS: Irish hymn encourages connection with saints[permanent dead link], 2007-05-02