Agnes O'Farrelly Politician
Agnes Winifred O'Farrelly (24 June 1874 – 5 November 1951) (Irish: Úna Ní Fhaircheallaigh; nom-de-plume ‘Uan Uladh’), was an academic and Professor of Irish at University College Dublin (UCD). She was also the first female Irish-language novelist, a founding member of Cumann na mBan, and fourth president of the Camogie Association. She was born 24 June 1874 in Raffony House, Virginia, County Cavan, one of five daughters and three sons of Peter Dominic Farrelly and Ann Farrelly (née Sheridan). Her first published work was a series of saccharine-sweet articles in the Anglo-Celt in January–March 1895, ‘Glimpses of Breffni and Meath’ appeared, after which the editor, Edward O'Hanlon encouraged her to study literature. In February 1887, she signed up to the “Irish Fireside Club,” a new column in the Weekly Freeman edited by Rose Kavanagh, symptomatic of the expanding field of children's literature during the fin de siècle. This club boasted over 60,000 child members during its height, and facilitated the mass-indoctrination of a generation of Irish children into the cultural nationalist movement.