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O'Higgins - Ó hUigin - d'Eguino

Uí hUigin - Ó hUigin - O'Higgins - Higgins


Dogherne ~ Dumha Chorainn

Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn (1550-1595) was a senior poet and member of the O’Higgins family who lived at his seat in Dogherne in County Sligo. He was the son of Mathghamhain who died in 1585 leaving all his lands and title as Lord of Dogherne to his son Tadhg who had been previously fostered with a another branch of his clan in Donegal. The fact that he was known as I, the Irish word for "blind", indicates that he was blind or had some form of sight impairment. Despite his disability Tadhg administered a large estate in Sligo in excess of 1,000 acres.

Of the hundreds of poems and satires that he composed just 49 of survive to this day. The nature of this poets work can be gathered from the manner in which he died. Tadhg had his tongue cut out and died in 1595 in revenge as a result of a satire he had composed against the Ó Hara’s of Cashel Carragh, in the Parish of Kilmacteige. His son, Tadhg Óg, who was 12 years old when his father was killed by the Ó Hara’s, inherited his father’s estate at Dooghorne and went on to become a poet and Sheriff of Sligo.

In one of his less controversial poems written for Donegal Chief, Cahir Ó Doherty of Inishowen, Tadhg Dall O'Higgins described Inishowen as 'Parthas Éireann' or Ireland's Paradise, a description which has been imortalised in the armorial bearings of the Town Council of Buncranna, the ancient seat of Ó Doherty.