b Co Louth; short story writer. M probably met Cummins in 1919 M remained in touch with Cummins, quite possibly lending her
emotional support, through her marriage to Austin Clarke in 1920 which lasted less than a fortnight. After M moved to London
in 1925 he attempted to place some of her stories in London publications.
Irish actress. She was a long-time member of the Abbey Theatre, and married the actor FJ McCormick. During the 1940s she was
featured in films, but continued to perform in Abbey Theatre productions until March 1970.
Elspeth de Courcy Wheeler
George Bernard Shaw
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.
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.
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..
She was married to the theatre manager James Bernard Fagan, lessee of the Royal Court Theatre in London.
critic, museum director, writer
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
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.
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 Joseph Shields
Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats