Padraic Gregory was born in Belfast in 1886 and educated in Ireland and America. An architect by profession, he was responsible for many ecclesiastical buildings throughout Ireland. As a poet, his volumes included The Ulster Folk (1912), Old World Ballads (1913), Ulster Songs and Ballads (1920) and Complete Ulster Ballads (1959). A respected art critic, his When Painting Was In Its Glory (1941), a study of the Italian Renaissance, still remains valued by scholars. A nationalist in politics, he represented the Falls ward on Belfast City Council shortly after the Second World War.