Poems on Several Occasions
The first book printed in Ireland was the Boke of Common Prayer in 1551. The printer was Humphrey Powell, who had been granted £20 sterling by the Privy Council 'towards his setting up in Ireland' as royal printer in July 1550. The first book using an Irish language fount was Aibidil Gaoidheilge agus Caiticiosma, a primer printed by John Kearney in 1571. Note the two-colour title-page printing of this edition by Thomas Parnell, one of the 'Graveyard poets'.