AE
1867 - 1935
writer, artist
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Wrote extensively under the pseudonym AE (1867-1935), b Lurgan, Co Armagh; painter, poet, agrarian reformer. Editor, first of the Irish Homestead (1905-23), and later of The Irish Statesman (1923-1930). Russell was one of the major figures of the Irish Literary Renaissance, becominga mentor to many younger writers. MacGreevy and AE's relationship seemed to be an antagonistic one, although their interaction was mostly professional regarding MacGreevy's submissions to The Irish Statesman. In 1932 Russell moved to England after becoming disillusioned with the Irish Free State. He died in Bournemouth three years later.
Anthony Asquith
1902 - 1968
filmaker
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Asquith joined H. Bruce Woolfe's British Instructional Film Company in 1926. He became the first president of the Association of Cinematographic Technicians in 1937 and remained in that position until his death in 1968.
Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill
1571 - 1602
leader
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Irish Chieftain
Augustus John
1878 - 1961
artist
Betty Duncan
1893 - 1977
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b Dublin; daughter of Ellen and James Duncan. InNovember 1917 she married Douglas Goldring. Shortly afterwards they moved to London, where Goldring secured work with Lunn's Travel Agency. In 1924 she married Brian Lunn, and the couple moved to Paris. In 1929 the couple met Sava Popovitch, a Serbian painter, whom Betty fell in love with. After her divorce from Brian Lunn, she married Popovitch, and in 1930 the couple left for Belgrade. Popovitch died in Belgrade during the war. Betty remained there with her children until her death.
Charlotte Eliot
1843 - 1929
Writer
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The mother of TS Eliot, Charlotte Eliot ,had one book published during her lifetime, Savonarola : A Dramatic Poem, which was introduced by TS Eliot. It was published in London by R. Cobden-Sanderson in 1926.
C P Curran
1880 - 1975
classicist
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b Dublin; classicist and scholar, published several books, including studies of architecture and memoirs. He wrote a letter to the editor of The Irish Statesman in response to the publication of M's 'Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill'.
Dolly Robinson
1901 - 1977
artist
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b Dublin also known as Dolche; met MacGreevy in 1919, most likely in January or February while MacGreevy was still in uniform. She was a painter, and a stage and costume designer, having designed many Abbey sets in the 1920s and 1930s. She became one of MacGreevy's closest female friends, although in 1920 she moved with her mother to London. Their friendship deepened, however, when MacGreevy lodged at her mother's house in Cheyne Gardens between 1925-27. In 1930 she married Lennox Robinson and moved to Robinson's home, Sorrento Cottage, in Dalkey, where she established a reputation as an exceptional hostess. She died in Dublin.
George Yeats
1893 - 1968
artist, writer
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Born Bertha Georgie Hyde-Lees in Wrexham. Married WB Yeats in October 1917. In 1919 their first child Anne was born, and in 1921, their son Michael. By the early 1920s George Yeats was active in Cuala Industries and The Dublin Drama League. MacGreevy probably met George Yeats in 1919, and they remained friends until MacGreevy's death in 1967.
Gordon Roe
editor
Herbert Vincent Reade
1893 - 1968
writer, critic
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modern art critic
Ivor Novello
1893 - 1951
composer
Lady Augusta Gregory
1859 - 1932
writer
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b Co Galway; playwright, collector of folk
material, translator, co-founder of the Abbey
Theatre. In 1880 she married the Rt Hon Sir William
Gregory in Dublin. In 1892 William Gregory died, and
two years later she met WB Yeats. In 1897 Yeats
spent the first of twenty summers at Coole Park,
Lady Gregory's home. In 1899 she and Yeats founded
the Irish Literary Theatre, which later became the
Abbey Theatre, in which she continued to be involved
until her death. In 1921 the reconstituted Irish
Advisory Committee of the Carnegie United Kingdom
Trust was established, with Lady Gregory as one of
its members. Through the Trust, she began a short
(probably through 1925), but amicable working
relationship with MacGreevy.
Lady Hazel Lavery
1887 - 1935
artist
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Painter. Married to Sir John Lavery. Born Chicago. Born Hazel Jenner Martyn. Former married name Hazel Trudeau.
Lennox Robinson
1886 - 1958
writer
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b Co Cork; also known as Tinche. In 1897, after seeing an Abbey production at the Cork Opera House, Robinson began to write plays. His first play, 'The Clancy Name, a Tragedy in One Act,' was performed on 8 October 1908 at the Abbey in Dublin. In 1909 Robinson was appointed producer of plays and manager of the Abbey by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory.In 1915 Robinson was hired by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust to act as part-time Organising Librarian for Newcastle West and Rathkeale (See CUKT). In 1919 Robinson met MacGreevy, and in 1920 when he was hired as Secretary to the newly-established Irish Advisory Committee of the CUKT, he recommended MacGreevy to the Committee as Assistant Secretary. MacGreevy remained Assistant Secretary until 1925, when the Irish Advisory Committee was dissolved due to pressure from the Church. On 8 September 1930, Robinson married Dolly Travers Smith, a union which seemed to have surprised everyone who knew them well. MacGreevy took the announcement of the engagement particularly badly, yet, resumed his friendship with Dolly and Lennox, albeit not at the level previously enjoyed. Even before Robinson's marriage to Dolly Travers Smith, MacGreevy and Robinson's relationship seemed to alternate between love and hate. Nevertheless, MacGreevy and Robinson remained in correspondence until Robinson's death..
Mary Devenport O'Neill
1879 - 1967
writer
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poet and playwright, who with her husband Joseph O'Neill , secretary to the Department of Education, held a weekly literary salon in Dublin
Olivia Shakespear
1863 - 1938
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One time companion of WB Yeats, she was probably introduced to M through Yeats. M and Shakespear's friendship seemed slight, but amicable.
Sarah Purser
1848 - 1943
artist
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Encouraged at an early age, she began exhibiting
at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1872. She lived
and studied in Paris in the late 1870s and early
1880s, and, although she was talented in many
genres, with a view to earning a livelihood, by 1883
established a reputation as a portrait painter. By
1890 she had Viceregal patronage, a large clientele
in Ireland, and was elected HRHA. As Purser's
reputation grew, she increasingly promoted younger
artists, and was active in many artistic
organisations, such as the Hugh Lane Municipal
Gallery, and The National Gallery of Ireland, and
formed the Friends of the National Collections of
Ireland. She died in Dublin.
Sean O'Casey
1880 - 1964
writer
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playwright
Theodore Komisarjevsky
1882 - 1954
theater
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Studied architecture in Russia. He began to produce and direct plays in the theatre his sister, actress Vera Komissarzhevskaya and eventually became director of the Imperial and state theatres. He emigrated to England in 1919 and became a major figure in the London theatrical scene, especially known for his unconventional stagings of Shakespeare in Stratford-on-Avon.
Thomas MacGreevy
1893 - 1967
critic, museum director, writer
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Poet, literary and art critic, and administrator. Born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, into a family of farmers and schoolteachers; educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied politics and history.He is best known for his strikingly original modernist poetry and for being one of the art critics who championed Irish modernist art and artists between the wars.

He was a prolific writer, publishing more than 350 articles, seven monographs, and a collection of poetry, Poems (1934). He was director of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1950-1963.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Ireland
TM Healy
1855 - 1931
lawyer, politician
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Born in Bantry, Co. Cork, he emigrated to England when he was sixteen. He became publicist and secretary for Parnell and was elected to Parliament in 1880. His relationship with Parnell grew sour however, and he rallied opposition to him surrounding the O'Shea Divorce Case of 1890-91. He was Governor-General of the Irish Free State from 1922-1928.
T S Eliot
1888 - 1965
writer
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b St Louis; poet, playwright and critic. Eliot moved to London in 1914 and resided there until his death, becoming a British subject in 1927. MacGreevy met Eliot in May 1925 through a letter of introduction from WB Yeats. Eliot was generous to MacGreevy, taking articles and book reviews regularly from him for The Criterion from 1925-27, and again in 1934, as well as being one of the first to publish his poetry. The two men formed a professional relationship which bordered on the personal. Eliot was very supportive of MacGreevy, writing several letters of introduction for him for various job opportunities. MacGreevy was also one of the earliest critics of Eliot's poetry when in 1931 Chatto & Windus published his monograph TS Eliot. MacGreevy and Eliot's relationship cooled between 1928-32 when MacGreevy's friendship with Richard Aldington was at its peak, as Aldington's dislike for Eliot seemed to have rubbed off on MacGreevy.
Walter Rummel
1887 - 1953
composer, musician
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b Berlin; pianist and composer, som of the British pianist Franz Rummel and grandson of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph; although an American citizen, most of his life was spent in Europe, where he was a friend of Debussy, premiering ten of his piano works, and of Ezra Pound, three of whose poems he set to music. In 1924 M reviewed a concert by Rummel held in Dublin. He was probably introduced to Rummel through George Yeats, who was a close friend, along with her mother and Olivia Shakespear. At Dulac's request he composed music for WBY's The Dreaming of the Bones.
WB Yeats
1865 - 1939
writer
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Born William Butler Yeats in Sandymount, Dublin; poet, playwright, and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Brother of painter, Jack B. Yeats. In 1886 'Mosada: A Dramatic Poem' was published, and two years later 'Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland' and 'Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.' Yeats's interest in theatre began in the early 1890s, coinciding with his interest in Irish legends and his studies of the occult. By Yeats's mid-thirties, his reputation as a poet was firmly established, not only in Ireland, but in England and the United States. By the time MacGreevy met Yeats, perhaps as early as 1919, Yeats was at the height of his powers. MacGreevy soon became an intimate of the Yeats family, often calling into their house on Merrion Square in the evenings. It is not clear why his friendship with the Yeatses cooled in the 1930s, and by the time he moved back to Dublin in 1941, renewing his friendship with George Yeats, WB Yeats had died.
Wilhelm Fritz Brase
1875 - 1940
conductor
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Established musical corps in Irish Army