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JOYCE, Robert Dwyer, poet, born in County Liracrick, Ireland, in September, 1836; died in Dublin, 23 October, 1883. He received his education in his native county and at Dublin, was graduated in medicine at Queen's university in that city, and became professor of English literature in the preparatory college of the Roman Catholic university there. He also practised his profession with success in Dublin, but in 1866 came to this country with his wife and family, and resided in Boston till his death. After coming to the United States he was elected a member of the Royal Irish academy. He wrote many ballads, songs, and sketches for the "Pilot" and other Irish journals, and published a collection of them with the title "Ballads, Romances, and Songs" (Boston, 1872). His best work is "Deirdrd," an epic poem that appeared anonymously as one of the "No Name" series (1876). He also published "Legends of the Wars in Ireland" (1868); "Fireside Stories of Ireland" (1871); "Blanid," a poem (1879); and "The Squire of Castleton," an historical novel.
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