(1886—1958) playwright and theatre director
Irish dramatist, manager of the Abbey Theatre, 1910–14 and 1919–23, when he became the director until his death. Among his best‐known plays are The Clancy Name (1911); the patriotic Harvest (1911) and Patriots (1912); The Whiteheaded Boy, a comedy (1920); Crabbed Youth and Age (1924); the ambitious The Big House (1928), on the changing state of Ireland; and two successful later comedies, The Far‐off Hills (1931) and Church Street (1955). He also edited the Oxford Book of Irish Verse (with D. MacDonagh, 1958) and other anthologies; and wrote The Irish Theatre (1939) and Ireland's Abbey Theatre. A History (1951).