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.
Beethoven
1770 - 1827
composer
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German composer and pianist. Born in Bonn where he held various positions from 1783-1792. In 1787 he studied with Mozart briefly in Vienna. By the time he moved to Vienna in 1792, Mozart had died so he worked with Haydn and Albrechtsberger (1736-1809). He first became known as a pianist and then as a composer. Made his public debut as a pianist in 1795 with his Concerto in C major. Apart from occasional visits to the countryside Beethoven spent the rest of his life in Vienna. During thirty years he produced a vast repertoire of music. He composed thirty-two sonatas, five concertos and many chamber works for piano. In addition he wrote seventeen string quartets, nine symphonies, and the opera Fidelio. In 1798 he discovered that he was going deaf, and by c1819 his hearing was completely gone. However he continued to compose and Missa Solemnis, the Ninth or Choral Symphony and the last five of his string quartets were written after this time. Beethoven received the honorary freedom of Vienna in 1815. When he died in 1827 his funeral was a national occasion.
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.
Giorgio Joyce
1905 - 1976
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..
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
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.
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 Thomas Cosgrave
1880 - 1965
leader
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First Irish president