Francis Arthur Fahy was born in Kinvara, Co Galway, on 29 Sept 1854 into a family of 17, eight of whom survived. His father, Thomas, came from the Burren area and his mother was Celia Marlborough, who was born near Gort.
In 1896, he became president of the emerging Conradh na Gaeilge (Gaelic League) in London, a position he held until 1908. Described as a small, brisk man, his enthusiasm and energy knew no bounds. He retired from the Civil Service at 65, and died on April 1st, 1935, aged 81.
Francis Fahy’s most memorable poems and songs include The Ould Plaid Shawl, The Queen of Connemara, the original Galway Bay, and The Tide Full In. His publications included: The Child’s Irish Song Book (1881); The Irish Reciter (1882); Irish History in Rhyme (1882) and Irish Songs and Poems (1887).