Micí Mac Gabhann

Micí Mac Gabhann

Micí Mac Gabhann (November 22, 1865 Cloughaneely, County Donegal, Ireland - November 29, 1948) was a seanchaí and memoirist from the County Donegal Gaeltacht. His posthumously published memoir Rotha Mór an tSaoil (1959) was dictated to his folklorist son-in law Seán Ó hEochaidh and translated into English by Valentin Iremonger as The Hard Road to Klondike (1962). It describes his life as an Irish-speaking laborer in the Scottish Lowlands and the silver mines in Butte, Montana. He also vivdly describes his experiences in the Klondike gold rush. After his return to Donegal in 1901, he used his goldmining fortune to purchase the estate which had formerly belonged to the Anglo-Irish gentry and raised a family there.


  • Micheal MacGowan, The Hard Road to Klondike, Routledge and Kegan Paul Limited, 1962.

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