Countess Constance Markievicz
Dermod O'Brien
1865 - 1945
artist
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b Cahirmoyle, Co Limerick; educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. He opted for a career in painting rather than law (as was expected by his family), and studied art at Antwerp and Paris. MacGreevy's contact with O'Brien in the early 1920s mostly concerned Carnegie United Kingdom Trust Matters as O'Brien was on the Irish Advisory Committee. Later their involvement centred on art. In 1932 MacGreevy corresponded with O'Brien regarding the purchase of a painting by Jean Lur?at by the Municipal Gallery.
Edith Ellen Hyde-Lees
1868 - 1942
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Mother of George Yeats.
Elizabeth V Polunin
1887
artist
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portrait artist
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.
Kevin O'Higgins
1892 - 1927
politician
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.
Nancy Campbell
1896 - 1965
society figure, publisher
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b Leicestershire, England; heiress to the Cunard
shipping fortune. Cunard moved to Paris in 1920 and
soon became part of the avant garde and émigré
community. Late in 1927 she began to learn hand
printing, and in the following spring established
Hours Press at Réanville, Normandy. By the time
Cunard closed the doors of the press, her list of
authors included Richard Aldington, Samuel Beckett,
Norman Douglas, Robert Graves, Walter Lowenfels,
Ezra Pound and Laura Riding. It is difficult to
determine the extent of M's contact with Cunard.
Although he probably met her socially through
Aldington, their friendship does not seem to have
been particularly close.
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.
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.