Alan Duncan
1895 - 1943
journalist, military
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b Dublin; son of Ellen and James Duncan. Served in Gallipoli as a Captain with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After contracting dysentery in 1916 he was transferred to a military camp at Aldershot in charge of conscientious objectors at their courts martial. After the war Duncan returned to Dublin, working variously as an arts journalist, in administration at the Abbey Theatre, WB Yeats's secretary, and as a tour guide for Lunn's Travel Agency. M probably met Duncan in 1919 or 1920 and the two formed a warm friendship. In April 1924 Duncan married Belinda Atkinson, and early in 1925 the couple moved to Paris, becoming part of the Irish expatriate circle which included Joyce, and eventually M and Beckett.
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
artist
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daughter of WB Yeats
Bryan Cooper
Ellie Duncan
1850 - 1939
curator
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b Dublin. Educated at Alexandra College and the
Royal Academy of Music. She was a journalist writing
mainly on the plastic arts for publications such as
the Burlington Magazine and The Athenaeum. In 1907
she founded the United Arts Club, which was first
housed at Lincoln Chambers, and in 1920 moved to its
permanent home at Fitzwilliam Place. Duncan was also
the first curator of the Municipal Gallery at
Harcourt St, a post she left to go abroad early in
1922 when her husband James retired from the civil service.
George Bernard Shaw
1856 - 1950
writer
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Dramatist, critic and social reformer. Shaw left
school at 15 to work as a clerk in a land agent's
office. In 1876 he moved to London where he did hack
journalism. By 1884, the year he joined the Fabian
Society, he had written five unsuccessful novels.
Through the encouragement of William Archer,
however, he began to write modern, purposeful drama,
à la Ibsen. As much of Shaw's early work was
banned in England, he sought a reading public with
his first published collection of plays in 1898. By
the time MacGreevy met Shaw at Horace Plunkett's
house in August 1922, his reputation as a playwright
was firmly established. After this initial meeting,
the two men do not seem to have had any contact.
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.
James Duncan
actor
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Abbey Theatre
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.
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..
Mabel O'Brien
- 1942
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wife of Dermod O'Brien; involved in agricultural reform in Cahirmoyle; raised a special breed of hairless puck goats which served to model her for the character Aunt Ellen in Lennox Robinson's most famous play, The Whiteheaded Boy, which is dedicated to her; she was also something of a Dante scholar.
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.
Peter Paul Rubens
1577 - 1640
artist
Sir Horace Plunkett
1854 - 1932
politician, writer
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b Sherbourne, Gloucestershire; was educated at Eton and Oxford. In 1878 he formed the Dunsany Co-operative Society, the first of many Co-operative ventures throughout his life. In 1892 he was elected to Parliament as a representative for South Dublin, and in 1902 knighted. In 1913 Plunkett became a Trustee of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, and two years later hired Lennox Robinson as a part-time Organising Librarian for Newcastle West and Rathkeale (see CUKT). M first met Plunkett through Robinson early in 1920, and on 1 August he visited Plunkett's home, Kilteragh, for the first time. M's contacts with Plunkett were mostly professional, and ceased in 1925 when the Irish Advisory Committee of the CUKT was dissolved. Plunkett died at Weybridge.
Thomas Bodkin
1887 - 1961
art critic
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Irish art critic. Educated Belvedere, Clongowes Wood, and the Royal University of Ireland. In 1911 he was called to the Bar and practised for five years before joining the Commission for Charitable Donations and Bequests. In 1917 he became a Governor and Guardian of the National Gallery of Ireland, and in 1927 its Director. MacGreevy also applied for the Directorship in 1927. Bodkin's tenure at the National Gallery was marked by constant wrangling with the Department of Finance which, in time, even Bodkin realised hampered the growth of the Gallery.Thus in December 1934 he resigned, taking a post at the Barber Institute in Birmingham. Bodkin remained in permanent exile, dying in Birmingham.
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
Titian
1488 - 1576
artist
TS 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.
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.
Vivien Eliot
- 1947
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First wife of TS Eliot, whom she married in 1915 after a two-month courtship. She was later institutionalized for many years before her death in 1947.
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.
William Michael Yeats
1921
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Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats