daughter of WB Yeats
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
Edward VII of Great Britain
Franz Peter Schubert
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.
librettist, critic, writer
Born in San Francisco; had two children, Deidre and Patrick, who drowned with their governess in the Seine river in 1913.
She is considered the mother of modern dance.
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..
Ludwig van Beethoven
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.
Sarah Suzanne Hetherington
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.