Born: January 17,
1860, County Roscommon
Died: July 12, 1949, Dublin
Douglas Hyde was active in the founding of the Gaelic League and became its first president. Hyde was an integral part of the cultural revival in Ireland, which included the resurgence of students wishing to learn Irish Gaelic. Hyde taught Modern Irish at University College Dublin and was also a Free State Senator. Hyde became President of Ireland in 1937 and stayed in office until 1945. Hyde was an author as well, publishing works in Irish and English.
For more on Hyde, please see http://www.rte.ie/culture/millennia//people/hydedouglas.html.