1854-1907 [Daithí Coimín]; b. Co. Clare, d. Dublin; bank-clerk
in Dublin 1876, studying Irish; co-founder Society for Preservation of
the Irish Language; formed Gaelic Union with Fr. Nolan, 1879 [var. 19
March 1880]; pressed to have Irish included in National and Intermediate
schools curriculum, commencing in 1878 with his own texts First and
Second Irish Books; wrote columns in The Irishman and The
Shamrock, 1878-82; first ed., Gaelic Journal/Irisleabhar na Gaeidhilge; ed. MSS and collected large library, presented to
the National Library of Ireland as the Comyn Bequest in 1907; edited works
incl. Mac-Ghníomhartha Fhinn (Dublin: Gill 1881); Díonbhrollach
Foras Feasa ar Eirinn (ITS 1898); first Vol. of Foras Feasa ar
Eirinn (ITS 1902); printed unpublished poems of Peadar Ó Doirnín
in Gaelic Journal, issues 1895-96. DIW IF DIH OCIL
The Youthful Exploits of Fionn: the original text from the Saltair
of Cashel with Modern Irish Version, new literal translation, Vocabulary,
Notes and Map (Dublin 1881), 122pp.; Irish Illustrations to Shakespeare:
Being Notes on his references to Ireland (Dublin: Freeman Journal
1894) [rep. from Weekly Freeman]; also Thomas Flannery, ed. and
trans., David Coimín, The Lay of Oisin in the Land of Youth
(Dublin: gill n.d.), 186pp. [text in Irish and English].
David Comyn, Irish Illustrations
to Shakespeare, a learned brochure on Shakespeares allusions
to Ireland and the Irish; see endpaper adverts. in D. J. ODonoghue, Irish Ability (Simpkin 1906)].
[Q.auth.,] Daithí Ó Coimín agus Bunú Irishleabhar na Gaeilge, in Comhar (Aibreán
Dominic Daly, The Young Douglas Hyde (1974), David Comyn,
a Clareman, was a clerk in the National Bank in Dublin. Thomas ONeill
Russell with him and Canon Ulick Burke, Fr. John Nolan, et al. were members
of the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language [p.32.] FURTHER,
David Comyn succeeds in having a Gaelic corner established in the Irishman
and the Shamrock; Hyde contributed over a hundred poems, 1872-1884;
see Tomás de Bhaildraithe, Aguisín le Clar Saothair
an Chraoibhín, Galvia, Vols. I-IV (1954-57), pp.18-24.
Ireland in Fiction, ed. Stephen Brown (Dublin: Maunsel 1919)
lists The Youthful Exploits of Fionn (Gill 1881), publ. for use
of schools under auspices of Gaelic League.
Cathach Books (1996-97) lists Thomas Flannery,
ed. and trans., David Coimín, The Lay of Oisin in the Land of Youth (Dublin: Gill n.d.), 186pp. [text in Irish and English].
A. N. Jeffares, W B Yeats, A New Life (1988), notes Yeatss
indebtedness to Michael and David Comyn in The Wanderings of Oisin;
and see also Vivian Mercier, Modern Irish Literature, Sources and Founders,
ed. Eilís Dillon (OUP 1994).
At home: Comyn signs off his preface
to the 1902 Edn. of Foras Feasa at 43, BRIGHTON-SQUARE, RATHGAR,
DUBLIN, 1st October, 1901.