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Patrick S. Dinneen

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Patrick Dinneen
Pádraig Ua Duinnín
Portrait of Reverend Patrick S. Dinneen by John Butler Yeats
Born25 December 1860
Died29 September 1934(1934-09-29) (aged 73)
Resting placeGlasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Alma materRoyal University of Ireland
Occupation(s)Lexicographer, historian, priest, teacher, author, columnist

Patrick Stephen Dinneen (Irish: Pádraig Ua Duinnín; 25 December 1860 – 29 September 1934) was an Irish lexicographer and historian, and a leading figure in the Gaelic revival.


Dinneen was born near Rathmore, County Kerry.[1] He was educated at Shrone and Meentogues National Schools and at St. Brendan's College in Killarney.[2] He earned second class honours bachelor's and master's degrees from the Royal University of Ireland. The BA (1885) was in classics and mathematical science, the MA (1889) was in mathematical science. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1880 and was ordained a priest in 1894, but left the order in 1900 to devote his life to the study of the Irish language[3] while still remaining a priest. After his ordination, he taught Irish, English, classics, and mathematics in three different Jesuit colleges, including Clongowes Wood College, a Jesuit boarding school near Clane, County Kildare.

P. S. Dinneen's dictionary Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla, 1904

He was a leading figure in the Irish Texts Society, publishing editions of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn, poems by Aogán Ó Rathaille, Piaras Feiritéar, Tadhg Gaelach Ó Súilleabháin, and other poets. He also wrote a novel and a play in Irish, and translated such works as Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol into Irish. His best known work, however, is his Irish–English dictionary, Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla, which was first published in 1904.[4] The stock and plates of the dictionary were destroyed during the Easter Rising of 1916, so Dinneen took the opportunity to expand the dictionary. A much larger second edition, compiled with the assistance of Liam S. Gógan, was published in 1927.[5] Dinneen's request to the Irish Texts Society to include Gogan's name on the title page was refused.[6] Gogan continued to work on the collection of words up to his death in 1979. This complementary dictionary was published online in 2011.[7]

Fr. Dinneen died in Dublin at the age of 73 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.[8]


Works of Fr. Patrick S. Dinneen
Title Publication Type
Poems of Aodhagán Ó Rathaille Irish Texts Society, 1900 Poetry
Poems of Eogan Rua Ó Suilleabháin Irish Texts Society, 1901 Poetry
Foras Feasa ar Éirinn Irish Texts Society, 1902 History
Foclóir Gaedhilge Agus Béarla Irish Texts Society, 1904 Irish-English Dictionary
Me Guidhir Fhearmanach Irish Texts Society, 1917 Translation
The Queen of the Hearth Irish Texts Society, Classics Of Irish History
Irish Prose: An Essay In Irish Irish Texts Society, 1923 Irish language
Comhairle Fithil: Urchluiche Dhá Ghníomh N/A N/A
An Tobar Draoidheachta: Dráma Leis an Athair Pádraig Ua Duinnín N/A Play
Lectures on the Irish Language Movement Delivered Under the Auspices of Various Branches of the Gaelic League N/A Collection of Lectures

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  1. ^ O'Connell, Noel (29 September 1984). "Father Dinneen, his dictionary and the Gaelic Revival". Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  2. ^ Letter from his grandniece Bridie Dinneen
  3. ^ Field Day Review 6 (2010), Volume 6. Field Day Publications. 2006. p. 22. ISBN 9780946755493. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. ^ Welch, Robert (1996). The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280080-9.
  5. ^ Foclóir Gaedilge agus Béarla: an Irish–English dictionary, being a thesaurus of the words, phrases and idioms of the modern Irish language; compiled and edited by Patrick S. Dinneen. New edition, revised and greatly enlarged. xxx, 1344 p. Dublin: published for the Irish Texts Society by the Educational Company of Ireland, 1927.
  6. ^ "gogan.ie : Dinneen's Letter". Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  7. ^ "gogan.ie : Credits". Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  8. ^ Location: Plot No: CH 83.5, St Bridget's, CPS Coordinates: 53°22'19.48"N 6°16'44.04"W

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