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Alice Milligan 1866-1953

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Born at Gortmore, near Omagh, County Tyrone into a Methodist and unionist background but she devoted her life to Ireland and all things Irish. She wrote a number of plays, novels and poetry. These include The Last Feast of the Fianna, The Daughter of Donagh, A Royal Democrat, The Wake Feast and Hero Lays. She also published the early writings of James Connolly. She inspired both Yeats and MacDonagh among others but she gradually disappeared from public life. Perhaps she is best known for her poem When I Was a Little Girl, when the children would be warned that if they didn’t behave the Fenians would come but her response was “when the Fenians come, I’ll rise and go after”. She is buried in County Tyrone.  

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