James Dollard (1872-1946) in Canadian Singers and their Songs, 1919. Courtesy Internet Archive.

by George J. Dance

James B. Dollard
Fr. Dollard in Canadian Poets, 1916.
Born August 30, 1872
Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died 1946
Nationality Canada Canadian
Ethnicity Irish
Citizenship British subject
Alma mater Laval University
Genres poetry

Fr. James Bernard Dollard (August 30, 1872 - April 28, 1946) was a Canadian poet and hymnist who worked as a Catholic priest.[1]


Dollard was born at Mooncoin, co. Kilkenny, Ireland, the youngest child of Anastasia (Quinn) and Michael Dollard. He studied Classics at Kilkenny College, and then sailed to Canada, where he studied for the priesthood, graduating from Laval University as a Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Canon Law. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1896, and served as a parish priest in Toronto and Uptergrove, Ontario.[2]

He published his debutt collection of poetry, Irish Mist and Sunshine in 1906, and another collection, Poems, in 1910.[2]

He was a member of the Poetry Society of America and the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.[3]


The Globe (Toronto): "The poems of Father Dollard have long been appreciated for their high literary quality, spirituality and Celtic insight. To the scholarly touch of the classicist he adds the magic and vision of the true Celt. Born under the shadow of Slieve-na-mon, dreamful of mystical lore, Father Dollard was early inspired by the beauty and charm and tender melancholy of his native land. Though with a versatile pen he touches many themes, his supreme gift is that of an Irish lyrist."[2]


He received the honorary degree of Litt.D. from Laval University in 1916.[3]




Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. James B. Dollard, Web, July 11, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 John Garvin, "Father Dollard," Canadian Poets (Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916), 413-414, Digital Library, University of Pennsylvania,, Web, Feb. 18, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 James B. Dollard: Biography, Irish Lyrics and Ballads, Book Lives. Web, Apr. 4, 2017.
  4. Search results = au:James B. Dollard, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 12, 2013.

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