FIRST EDITION. MacCurtin was a noted Irish poet, of whose work fifty poems are still extant. "MacCurtin left Ireland about 1727 and travelled to the Irish Franciscan college at Louvain where his second book, The Elements of the Irish Language Grammatically Explained in English, was published in 1728. This is a work of considerable scholarship, but it is clear that MacCurtin drew heavily from an unpublished manuscript grammar by Francis Walsh" (OxfordDNB). The second part of the book is in Irish, with an Irish title-page.
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