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Guinan, The Soggarth Aroon.

Guinan, The Soggarth Aroon.

Guinan, Rev. Canon J. The Soggarth Aroon. Dublin, The Phoenix Publishing Company Ltd., no year (c.1920’s). 20 cm x 13 cm. 261 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. [The Library of Modern Irish Fiction]

Includes for example the following chapters: Curate of the Mountain Parish / A Memory of Cloonmore / The Soggarth Aroon / Barney Broder’s Big Family / My Removal from Killanure etc etc.

The early twentieth-century Irish novelist Fr. Joseph Guinan (1863–1932) came from a strong farming family in County Offaly. After attending St. Patrick’s Seminary, Maynooth, from 1881 through 1888, Guinan spent five years in Liverpool following his ordination. After some years teaching in St. Mel’s College, Longford, which he left owing to failing health, Guinan served as a curate in several parishes until he was appointed parish priest of Bornacoola, County Leitrim, in 1910. In 1920 he became a canon and transferred to Ardagh, where he remained until death. Today, Guinan is chiefly remembered as an imitator of a better-known priest-novelist, Canon Sheehan. Guinan’s writing, like Sheehan’s, appeared initially in such American Catholic outlets as the magazine Ave Maria published from the University of Notre Dame. Between 1903 and 1928, Guinan published eight novels. Guinan also published a Catholic Truth Society of Ireland pamphlet titled The Famine Years (1908), and a collection of essays, Months and Days (c. 1920–23) modeled on Sheehan’s Under the Cedars and the Stars (1903). Historians of clerical attitudes in early twentieth-century Ireland have made use of Guinan’s works. The only extensive literary analysis of them is Catherine Candy’s Priestly Fictions: Popular Irish Novelists of the Early Twentieth Century (1995). Candy’s examination of Guinan’s fiction does not fully appreciate their political context and overlooks some of his ambivalences. Reacting to Sheehan’s literary example, Guinan constructed a Catholic arcadian vision of the impoverished, small-farm Shannon lowlands of North Longford and South Leitrim as part of a wider clericalist social project, and presents the political, social, and cultural developments of his lifetime in terms of this vision. (muse.jhu.edu)

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Guinan, The Soggarth Aroon.
Guinan, The Soggarth Aroon.