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Gerald Griffin (12 December 1803 – 12 June 1840) was an Irish novelist, poet and playwright.

Gerald Griffin
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Born(1803-12-12)12 December 1803
Limerick, Ireland
Died12 June 1840(1840-06-12) (aged 36)
Cork, Ireland




Gerald Griffin was born in Limerick, Ireland, the son of a brewer. He went to London in 1823 and became a reporter for one of the daily papers, and later turned to writing fiction. One of his most famous works is The Collegians, a novel based on a trial he had reported on, that of John Scanlan, a Protestant Anglo-Irish man who murdered Ellen Hanley, a young Catholic Irish girl.[1] The novel was adapted to the stage as The Colleen Bawn, by Dion Boucicault. In 1838, he burned all of his unpublished manuscripts and joined the Catholic religious order "Congregation of Christian Brothers" at The North Monastery, Cork, where he died from typhus fever.[2]

Gerald Griffin has a street named after him in Limerick City and another in Cork City, Ireland. Loughill/Ballyhahill GAA club in west Limerick play under the name of Gerald Griffins.

Some of his worksEdit

  • Vol 1 (The collegians)
  • Vol 2 (Tales of the Munster Festivals)
  • Vol 3 (Tales of the Munster Festivals)
  • Vol 5 (Tales of the Jury Room)
  • Vol 6 (The Duke of Monmouth)
  • Vol 7: Tales of the five senses
  • Vol 8 (Poetical works and Tragedy of Gisippus)
  • Vol 9: The invasion.

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Griffin, D. The Life of Gerald Griffin, Vol. I (London: 1843). online.


  1. ^ Giddings, Robert, "Case Notes", in The Collegians, Atlantic, 2008, ISBN 978 1 84354 855 3
  2. ^   Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Gerald Griffin" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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