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Daniel C. Devine (1860-1942)

Daniel C. Devine was a member of well-known south Sligo family and was a national school teacher in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. He was an athlete and a chess player. He was a short story writer, a novelist, and dramatist and a poet. He contributed stories and poems to local newspapers.

James Duffy & Co
published a collection of his stories, Faithful Ever, in 1910 and his novel, Before the Dawn in Erin, in 1913. Only two of his poems were published in Sligo newspapers in the period 1912-1915 presumably because he was concentrating on prose at this time.

He subsequently published two other books, Christmas in Tír-na n-Óg and United at Last according to McTernan but I have not found any reference to these elsewhere.

He was also the author of a number of plays which were performed by local and other drama groups.

D.C. Devine in the 1911 Census
; in the 1901 Census.

From: Ireland in Fiction: A Guide to Irish Novels, Tales, Romances and Folklore. Part I. Editor, ed. Stephen J. Brown (Maunsel, 1919).

DEVINE, D. C. Is a native of   Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, where at present he is a National School Teacher. Is a man of about 50.

FAITHFUL EVER, and Other Tales. Pp. 280. (Duffy). 2s. 1910.
Eleven stories of Sligo peasant life. The Author has thorough sympathy with the aspects of life about which he writes. Three of the tales are love stories, one is a story of '67, others are humorous, e.g., "Meehaul M'Cann's Wooing." We have a glimpse of the dance, the pattern, rustic courtship, lake and mountain scenery. The Author avoids politics, but the Catholic atmosphere is pronounced throughout. The literary standard is, perhaps, not of a high order.

BEFORE THE DAWN IN ERIN. Pp.308. (Duffy). 2s. [1913]. Second edition. 1914.
A story of landlord, agent, and tenant in the County Sligo, about the eighteen thirties or forties, bringing out what a hostile agent can do to make the lot of the peasants a very hard one, and showing how in the end his machinations are brought to nought thanks to Father Pat. This latter and Father Tom are fine types of Irish priests. The Author has a good eye for characters and a keen sense of humour.


Sligo Times

13 Jan    Chess Solution
23 Mar    In Memoriam Maud Armstrong

Sligo Champion
23 Mar    In Memoriam Maud Armstrong


Drawing, above, from Worthies of Sligo, John McTernan (Sligo,1994)
Photograph, right, from Sligo and its Surroundings, Tadhg Kilgannon (Sligo, 1926)

Below: Devine was featured in the Sligo Times in 1910 on the publication of his Faithful Ever and other tales.

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