Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich

Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich (5 October 1857 – 1 July 1942; English: P.T. MacGinley), known as Cú Uladh (The Hound of Ulster), was an Irish language writer during the Gaelic Revival. He wrote stories based on Irish folklore, some of the first Irish language plays, and regularly wrote articles in most of the Irish language newspapers such as An Claidheamh Soluis

Peadar Toner Mac Fhionnlaoich
BornP. T. McGinley
(1857-10-05)5 October 1857
Allt an Iarainn, County Donegal
Died1 July 1942(1942-07-01) (aged 84)
Dublin, Ireland
Resting placeGlasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Pen nameCú Uladh
LanguageIrish, English
EducationBlackrock College
GenreShort Story, Plays, Poems
SubjectIrish Folklore
Literary movementGaelic Revival
Notable worksBliain na hAiséirí (1992)
SpouseElizabeth Woods


He was born in Allt an Iarainn, County Donegal to Micheal McGinley and Susan Toner. He attended school locally until he was seventeen. He then attended Blackrock College in Dublin for two years. On leaving school he entered into the British Civil Service becoming an Inland revenue Officer. In 1895 he married Elizabeth Woods (Irish: Sibhéal Ní Uadhaigh) and they had twelve children. He spoke Irish from an early age and kept an interest in the language throughout his life, first publishing and Irish language short story and poem in The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883. It was not until 1895 while living in Belfast that he became involved in the Gaelic Movement.

Conradh na Gaeilge

It was in his Belfast home that the first meeting of the Ulster branch of the Conradh na Gaeilge in 1895. From this point on he became very involved in Conradh na Gaeilge becoming the organisations president on several occasions.

Seanad Éireann

Mac Fhionnlaoich was a member of Seanad Éireann from 1938 to 1942[1] when he was nominated by the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera.

Main works

  1. The Donegal Christmas Annual 1883 (ed.) – (Selection of short stories and poems in English and Irish from Donegal authors.)
  2. Miondrámanna (1902) – (Three mini plays)
  3. Handbook of Irish Teaching (1902)
  4. An Pléidseam (1903)
  5. Tá na Francaighe ar an Mhuir (1905) – (Play)
  6. An Léightheoir Gaedhealach (1907) – (Irish language reader)
  7. Eachtra Aodh Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill (1911) – (Folklore)
  8. Conchubhar Mac Neasa (1914) – (Folklore)
  9. Ciall na Sean-Ráidhte (1914). Republished as: Ciall na Seanráite (1992). New edition edited by Seán Mac Aindreasa.
  10. An Cogadh Dearg agus Scéalta Eile (1918) – (Short stories)
  11. Scríobhnóirí Móra Chúige Uladh 1530–1750 (1925) – (Authors of Ulster)
  12. Bliain na hAiséirí (1992). Edited by Éamon Ó Ciosáin – (1916 Easter Rising)


  1. "Mr. Peadar (Cú Uladh) MacFhionnlach". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
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