Martin Haverty

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Historian / Journalist

This Mayo man was author of the interesting ‘History of Ireland’ plus his journalistic reports from his European travels.

Martin Haverty was born in Co. Mayo on 1st December 1809. Following initial education in Mayo he studied at The Irish College in Paris, France. [i]  He was a brother of Joseph Patrick Haverty RHA who was a portrait painter in oils.  [ii]

Journalism

During 1836 Haverty joined the staff of the ‘Freeman’s Journal’ until 1850 in Dublin.  He travelled extensively through Europe in 1851, which he described in several series of contributions to newspapers.  [iii]

Librarian

On his return from Europe Haverty was employed as Sub – Librarian at King’s Inns, Dublin.  There he devoted himself principally to the preparation of a general index of all books in the library. [iv]

Publications

He produced ‘Wanderings in Spain in 1843’ during 1844, 2 volumes.  His ‘The History of Ireland, Ancient & Modern, for the use of school & College etc’ was published during 1860.  His most famous publication ‘The History of Ireland’ – with copious Topographical & general Notes’ 1860, Dublin.  A second enlarged edition was published in 1885. (from Dictionary of National Biography, 1885 -1900, Volume 25 Haverty, Martin by William Arthur Jobson Archbold)  [v]  This publication ‘The History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern; derived from our native annals…and from all the resources of Irish history available’ by Haverty Martin 1867 Dublin James Duffy. [vi]

The demise occurred of Martin Haverty on 18th January 1889: he was interred in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. [vii]

Tribute

As can be seen Haverty is mentioned among these illustrious novelists etc at Mayo’s Carnegie Library at the Courthouse in Castlebar, who invited applications for the establishment of Branch Libraries in various districts during February 1928.  The Libraries announced that recent acquisitions included: Knox’s ‘History of Mayo’; McFirbis; ‘Genealogies, Tribes & Customs’ of ‘Hy – Fiachrach’ which was a very rare book plus commonly called ‘O ‘Dowda’s Country’ which was edited by John O ‘Donovan with a translation from the Irish & Notes  Irish Roots Café 1993) ; D. J. O ‘Donohue’s ‘Geographical Distribution of Irish Ability.’  Another very scarce book with a really admirable completion of Irish Biographies; one chapter has a celebration of the County Mayo.  Other issues were received from; Archbishop McHale; Dr. P. Brennan the inventor of the Brennan Torpedo; John Blake Dillon, one of the founders of the ‘Nation’; Michael Davitt, founder of the Land League; Sir John Gray, who gave Dublin its magnificent water supply; J. F. Taylor who was one of the intellectual giants of that time plus author of a standard life of Owen Roe O ‘Neill; G. H. Moore; T. J. Flannery the notable Gaelic Scholar & Editor; Martin Haverty, author of the well -known ‘History of Ireland’; Matthew Archdeacon the popular novelist ; Eaneas M c Donnell a popular Lawyer & Politician of the O ‘Connellite period also P. G. Smyth author of ‘Wild Rose of Lough Gill.’  Extracts from ‘Travels Through Time’  40 years ago.   [viii]

Bibliography

[i]  Martin Haverty  (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Haverty,_Martin_(DNB00) ) [assessed  25th Aug  2019]

[ii] Joseph Patrick Haverty (https://www.libraryireland.com/biography/JosephPatrickHaverty.php ) [assessed  25th Aug 2019]

[iii] Martin Haverty (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Haverty ) [assessed  25th Aug 2019]

[iv] Martin Haverty (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Haverty ) [assessed  25th Aug 2019]

[v] Martin Haverty (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Haverty,_Martin_(DNB00) ) [assessed  25th Aug 2019]

[vi] Martin Haverty (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Haverty ) [assessed  25th Aug 2019]

[vii] Martin Haverty (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Haverty,_Martin_(DNB00) ) [assessed  25th Aug 2019

[viii]  Martin Haverty (Mayo News Feb 24th 1993) [assessed 12th September 2019]

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