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Ethna Carbery (born Anna Johnston, 3 December 1866 21 April 1902) was an Irish journalist, writer and poet. She is best-known for the ballad Roddy McCorley and the Song of Ciabhán. Along with Alice Milligan she published two Irish nationalist magazines. In 1900 she was a founding member of Inghinidhe na hÉireann, the revolutionary women's organisation led by Maud Gonne. In 1901, she married poet and folklorist Séamus MacManus (18691960), and then took the pen name Ethna Carbery, to avoid confusion with her husband (also a writer). Sadly, she died a year after their marriage due to gastritis. Some of her work, including this collection, was published posthumously by her husband. Much of her poetry and writing had to do with Irelands epic past, including the selections in this edition of In the Celtic Past. It is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and pictures from Irish folklore, which she and her husband wrote so proudly about.

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