Byrne, Mary Elizabeth
(Maire ni Bhroin), b Dublin 1880, d Dublin 1931. The Dominican Convent Sch, Eccles St, Dublin, and the Univ of Ireland (MA, 1st cl); she worked as an examiner and researcher in Irish for the Board of Intermediate Education, and became a distinguished scholar in the ancient Gaelic and Irish languages. She also examined candidates for the Civil Service Commission, in Irish. Among several related and published studies she compiled the Catalogue of what was then the Royal Irish Academy, and contributed to its Old and Mid-Irish Dictionary and the Dictionary of the Irish Language. Her best-known popular work remains the underlying translated text for Dr Eleanor Hull’s metrical version used here. No.732.