Adila Fachiri
1886 - 1962
musician
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Born in Budapest, Hungary, the oldest of three daughters, to Taksony Aranyi de Hunyadvar, chief of police in Budapest, and his wife, Adrienne Nievarovicz de Ligenza. Her sister, the third daughter, Jelly Eva D'Aranyi, was also a violinist. Their mother, Adrienne, was the niece of Joseph Joachim, violinist and friend of Brahms. Bela Bartok was among their teachers and became a lifelong friend.
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.
Arthur Shields
1896 - 1970
actor
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Abbey actor and director who later played many roles in Hollywood films - brother of the better known Irish actor Barry Fitzgerald
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.
Dorothy Shakespear Pound
1886 - 1973
artist
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Daughter of Olivia Shakespear and wife of Ezra Pound and oldest friend of George Yeats.
Edith Helen Vane-Tempest-Stewart
1878 - 1959
writer, society figure
Eva Ducat
1878
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Author of Another Way of Music (1928); acted for some time as W.B. Yeat's unofficial musical agent; a woman of independent character, she was a strong influence on the young George Yeats; lifelong friend of Olivia Shakespear and Edith Ellen Hyde-Lees; niece of Charles Baron Clarke, botanist and sometime Director of Kew.
F J McCormick
1889 - 1947
actor
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.
Hortense Emilia D'Aranyi
musician
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Sister of Jelly and Adila D'Aranyi.
Hugh Percy Lane
1875 - 1915
collector
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Irish art dealer and critic. He became a London picture dealer in 1893, and worked with the Marlborough Gallery before setting up for himself. His was immediately successful, and was knighted in (1909). After a meeting with Yeats at the house of his aunt, Lady Gregory, his interest was awakened in the Irish art scene. He lent a collection of modern paintings, mainly French impressionists, to the Dublin Municipal Gallery, on the condition that a permanent Gallery be provided. But with the rejection of a design for a building on a bridge over the Liffey, Lane withdrew his Loan, and made a will in 1913 bequeathing the paintings to the English National Gallery. In 1914 he was appointed director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and in 1915 he added an unwitnesed codicil to his will restoring his collection to Dublin. He drowned on the Lusitania on May 7th 1915. His death caused a controversy over the disposition of his collection of paintings, which was finally divided between Dublin and London.
Jelly Eva d'Aranyi
1895 - 1966
musician
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Hungarian violinist. Made her debut playing with her sister Adila Fachiri in Vienna in 1908. Later she became a British citizen. In 1922 and 1923 with Bartok she gave the first London performance of his two violin sonatas. She was also the first soloist in Ravel's Tzigane (1924) and Vaughan William's violin concerto (1925). Both these works and the Bartok concertos were dedicated to her
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..
Shelah Richards
1903 - 1985
Actress, Director
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Married to the playwright Denis Johnston, and mother to the Irish novelist Jennifer Johnston (born 1930). Her acting credits include Return to Glennascaul and Hungry Hill
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
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