William Allingham
 

 

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William Allingham 1824-1889

 

Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal. He was a customs officer in Killybegs and other Irish ports before going to England. He left the service after 24 years and became sub-editor of Fraser’s Magazine. His work includes the long narrative poem Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland, his poetry and his Diaries. Most people will remember him for his poem The Fairies (Up the airy mountain etc). He influenced W.B. Yeats who acknowledged Allingham as his ‘master in Irish verse’. He is buried in Ballyshannon.