Philip O'Leary is Professor in the Department of English and a member of the Irish Studies program at Boston College. He is the author of a number of UCD Press titles including Gaelic Prose in the Irish Free State 1922-39 (2004) and Writing Beyond the Revival: Facing the Future in Gaelic Prose, 1940-51 (2011).
Father Patrick Dinneen is justly famous as the compiler of Focloir Gaedhilge agus Bearla / An Irish-English Dictionary. His ideas reached a fairly wide audience in the nationalist community through his Irish-language column in The Leader, a column he contributed to with very few exceptions every week for more than twenty years. As the first real columnist writing in Irish, Dinneen used these newspaper pieces to deal with an impressively diverse range of topics, from American racism, to English poetry, to the history and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, but predictably enough he devoted most of his attention to Irish affairs, leaving readers in little doubt about his feelings on issues of the day such as Home Rule, education, the labour movement, the Easter Rising, the Civil War. Father Patrick Dinneen was a prolific and highly opinionated controversialist, engaging with gusto in almost all of the political and cultural debates in Ireland in the first three decades of the twentieth century.The Queen of the Hearth is a significant document, as an insight into the ideas of a major Irish-Ireland intellectual on one of the most important political, social, and moral questions of his time. It is an extended insight into the kind of thinking that lies behind the articles dealing with women and the family in DeValera's 1937 Constitution. This intriguing work offers the original text preceded by a general introduction by leading Irish studies scholar Philip O'Leary.
- Philip O'Leary
THE QUEEN OF THE HEARTH
- Introductory, Woman and the Hearth, Woman's Work, The Education of Women, Protection for Women, Motherhood, The Fundamental School, Virgins and Widows, Factories, Authority in the Family, Refinement and Home Life, Economy Applied to Family Life, The Spirit of Rivalry, Examples, Epilogue, APPENDICES, Portion of a Play, in English, Notes.
'in an extensive introduction the editor, Dr Philip O’Leary, provides a valuable account in English of the author of the manuscript, Fr Patrick Dinneen, the distinguished lexicographer. This will be of interest to generations of students who came to know Pádraig Ó Duinnín through his Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla but never acquired any further information about him.'
Irish Catholic, January 2014
"University College Dublin Press has now published over thirty ‘Classics of Irish History'. These contemporary accounts by well known personalities of historical events and attitudes have an immediacy that conventional histories do not have. Introductions by modern historians provide additional historical background and, with hindsight, objectivity."
Books Ireland Nov 2007
"Scholars of nineteenth-century Irish and Irish-American politics should reacquaint themselves with these classics, part of a long running and immensely useful series from University College Dublin Press."
Irish Literary Supplement