Irish Monthly

Irish Monthly
Former editors Rev. Matthew Russell, S.J.
Categories Literature, social issues, popular culture, religion
Frequency Monthly
First issue 1873
Final issue 1954
Country Ireland
Based in Dublin
Language English
ISSN 2009-2113
OCLC number 9615097

The Irish Monthly was an Irish Catholic magazine founded in Dublin, Ireland in July 1873. Until 1920 it had the sub-title A Magazine of General Literature.


The magazine was founded by Rev. Matthew Russell, S.J., (1834-1912), who was the editor for almost forty years from 1873. The first two years of the magazine were difficult, but in 1875 Rosa Mulholland arrived to help out, followed shortly by friends of Father Russell, including Aubrey de Vere, John O'Hagan and Sarah Atkinson, which helped put the magazine on a firm footing.[1]

Among the early contributors to the magazine were Denis Florence MacCarthy, Lady Fullerton, Charles Gavan Duffy, Stephen Brown, Emily Hickey, Dora Sigerson, Rev. T. A. Finlay, Archbishop Healy, Rev. D. Bearne, Rose Kavanagh, John O'Leary and his sister Ellen. These were members of the Irish cultural and nationalistic circles of the time, which included the likes of W. B. Yeats and George Sigerson, and many young writers flocked to the magazine as an outlet for their talents.

From the beginning there were many Protestant contributors, among them Mary Fagan and Frances Wynne. Matthew Russell was impressed by the poems of Miss Wynne, and offered to pay for the publication of some of her poems; a collection, called Whisper!, was published in 1891.[2] Shortly after her marriage she moved with her husband to London, but died there after giving birth to their first child in 1893.

Among the writers "discovered" by the Irish Monthly are: Oscar Wilde, M. E. Francis, Katherine Tynan, Hilaire Belloc, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, and Alice Furlong.[3] Gabriel Fallon was theatre critic from 1926 to 1954.[4]

The Irish Monthly ceased publication in 1954.

Matthew Russell.


  1. Katherine Tynan in the Irish Monthly 1912, p. 554
  2. Charlotte O'Conor Eccles interview in The Lady of the House, 15 June 1893, a selection of which appeared later that year in the Irish Monthly
  3. Matthew Russell, Poets I have Known: VIII: Alice Furlong, Irish Monthly, Vol. 36, No. 421 (July 1908), pp. 389-398
  4. Boylan, Henry (1998). A Dictionary of Irish Biography, 3rd Edition. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. p. 126. ISBN 0-7171-2945-4.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. 

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