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Brinsley MacNamara

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(b. Delvin, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, 6 Sept. 1890; d. Dublin, 4 Feb. 1963) Novelist and playwright. All his plays, mainly rural comedies on social themes, received their first ...

MacNamara, Brinsley

MacNamara, Brinsley (6 Sept. 1890)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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..., Brinsley [ John Weldon ] (b. Delvin, Co. Westmeath, Ireland , 6 Sept. 1890 ; d. Dublin , 4 Feb. 1963 ) Novelist and playwright . All his plays, mainly rural comedies on social themes, received their first productions at the Abbey Theatre , of which he became a director. The Glorious Uncertainty ( 1923 ), Look at the Heffernans! ( 1926 ) and Margaret Gillan ( 1933 ) have often been revived. Christopher Fitz-Simon R. J. Porter , Brinsley McNamara and George Shiels ...

MacNamara, Brinsley

MacNamara, Brinsley (1890–1963)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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2003
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..., Brinsley (pseudonym of John Weldon ) ( 1890–1963 ) , novelist and playwright. Born in Delvin, Co. Westmeath, he joined the Abbey Theatre as an actor in 1909 and took part in the American tour of 1911 , remaining there to freelance until 1913 , after which he settled in his home town to write his first novel, The Valley of the Squinting Windows ( 1918 ). It caused an immediate furore, resulting in a boycott of his father's school and ensuing litigation. In 1919 his first play, The Rebellion in Ballycullen , was produced by the Abbey....

Brinsley MacNamara

Brinsley MacNamara  

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(b. Delvin, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, 6 Sept. 1890; d. Dublin, 4 Feb. 1963)Novelist and playwright. All his plays, mainly rural comedies on social themes, received their first productions at ...
Valley of the Squinting Windows

Valley of the Squinting Windows  

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(1918), a novel by Brinsley MacNamara. Nan Brennan, a fallen woman, has pinned all her hopes on her legitimate offspring, John, and his future as a priest. However, John is ...
Eimar O'Duffy

Eimar O'Duffy  

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(1893–1935),satirical novelist. Born in Dublin, the son of a dentist, O'Duffy went to Stonyhurst, in England, and returned to UCD. He graduated in dentistry but did not practise. He ...
Abbey Theatre

Abbey Theatre  

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First permanent home of the Irish National Theatre, founded in 1904 by Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and W. B. Yeats to foster native drama. Dramatic scenes came four years later with riots at the ...
Valley of the Squinting Windows, The

Valley of the Squinting Windows, The   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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2003
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...of the Squinting Windows, The ( 1918 ), a novel by Brinsley MacNamara . Nan Brennan, a fallen woman, has pinned all her hopes on her legitimate offspring, John, and his future as a priest. However, John is led astray by his dissipated half-brother Ulick Shannon, whom he eventually kills. The book was greeted by stormy protests; in the author's village, Delvin, Co. Westmeath, the book was burnt and his father...

Abbey Theatre

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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...formed Free State Government. The plays of O'Casey brought back dwindling audiences helped by the publicity engendered by his treatment of the 1916 rebellion in The Plough and the Stars ( 1926 ), and new playwrights such as St John Ervine , George Shiels , and Brinsley Mac-Namara came forward with lively comedies. Shaw 's plays were also produced frequently. In 1925 the Peacock Theatre was opened for poetic and experimental productions and was made available to other companies, the Gate Theatre having its beginnings here in 1928 . The late...

Abbey Theatre, The

Abbey Theatre, The   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature

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2003
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...again. O'Casey's next play, The Silver Tassie , was disliked by the directors, who rejected it. Lady Gregory died in 1932 , and in 1935 Yeats decided to expand the board, making F. R. Higgins , Brinsley MacNamara , and Ernest Blythe directors, along with himself, Robinson, and Walter Starkie . When the new board staged The Silver Tassie MacNamara resigned on the grounds that it was blasphemous, and Yeats replaced him with Frank O'Connor . The years after Lady Gregory's death began a bleak phase of the Abbey's history, extending to the 1960s,...

Kelly, Séamus

Kelly, Séamus (1912–79)   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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...Belfast and University College Cork, graduating from neither college. He was a boxing blue at Queen's and a part-time journalist while in Cork. He joined the Irish army in 1940 and was commissioned in the intelligence department the following year. In 1945 he replaced Brinsley MacNamara ( see Valley of the Squinting Windows, The ) as drama critic of the Irish Times , and in 1949 became the most permanent Quidnunc for that paper's ‘An Irishman's Diary’. He continued as Quidnunc for nearly 30 years, making the column essential reading both for the...

Valley of the Squinting Windows, The

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Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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...of the Squinting Windows, The . The first novel ( 1918 ) of Brinsley MacNamara (pseudonym of John Weldon , 1890–1963 ). It caused a sensational book-burning in the town of Delvin in Co. Westmeath, where the author's father was a schoolteacher. The novel tells of the hopes of Nan Brennan, a woman with a past, that her legitimate son John will become a priest, but the boy is led astray by his dissipated half-brother Ulick Shannon . The new teacher, Rebecca Kerr , with whom John is in love, is hunted from the village of Garradrimna after her affair...

Kitchen comedy

Kitchen comedy   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

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2011

...wooers, postmen with letters from America, process-servers and clergymen – Catholic, Anglican or Presbyterian. The kitchen could for the nonce be set in a town, with a suggested lamp-post outside the window to establish the location. Such dramatists as Louis D'Alton , Brinsley MacNamara ( see Valley of the Squinting Windows, The ), George Shiels and Rutherford Mayne ( see Drone, The ) kept the theatres in Belfast, Cork and Dublin well supplied with entertaining well-made plays, which were seized upon avidly by the many local amateur companies...

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