Roddy the Rover

Aodh de Blácam (1890-1951) - pseudonym Roddy the Rover

Born Hugh Blackham to Ango-Irish parents, his father was W.G. Blackham an MP for Newry, Co. Down. De Blacam left England in 1915 and converted to Catholicism. Aodh advocated for a seperate Irish Catholic State through his writing and political activism. He was a linguist, writer, poet, playright and journalist. He wrote a popular column for the Irish Press for many years under the pseudonym Roddy the Rover.

De Blacam was a member of the Fianna Fail Executive up until the late 1940's, at the same time he worked for the Irish government serving on various commissions and doing public relations work. His writings are a history of the rebirth of a seperate Irish Cultural Identity.