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“Essays by An Irish Rebel” to be launched by Dublin Lord Mayor on May Day. April 29, 2019

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“Essays by An Irish Rebel: Revolution, Politics and Culture” by Liam Ó Briain in a new translation by Eoin O’Dochartaigh , will receive it’s Dublin launch on Wednesday , 1st May at the Mansion House , hosted by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring.

Essays in the collection include profiles of friends who were to become notable figures in modern Irish history. Friends like Eoin Mac Néill, Pádraic Ó Conaire, Seán T. O’Kelly, Piaras Béaslaí, and W.T. Cosgrave are all featured, and there is a wonderful description of the Docklands community of North Wall and his near neighbour, the playwright Sean O’Casey.

Looking forward to the launch, The Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said:

“I am looking forward to launching this collection of essays by Liam Ó Briain, who would have been a very prominent and highly regarded figure in Irish life during the 20th century. As a local man, a member of the Irish Volunteers and the IRB , in addition to being a participant in the Easter Rising, I have no doubt he would have known my own family, including my grand-father and his four brothers who all served at the GPO.”

“I was interested to read that he was a guest on the very first Late Late Show broadcast in 1962, which is an historic occasion if there ever was one. While his occupation as a professor of Romance languages ensured he lived in Galway for 42 years I have to say I still regard him as a real Dub. Born and reared in North Wall in the Docklands, he would return to the city of his birth upon his retirement and live out the remainder of his days here.”

The launch has been initiated by the East Wall History Group, who are delighted that Eoin O’Dochartaigh will be in attendance.

“Insurrection memories 1916” , translated in the centenary year will also be available at the launch event.

For further information: Joe Mooney 0876698587

Biographical information: Liam Ó Briain (1888–1974) was a republican, a scholar of Romance languages, and Irish-language enthusiast. Born in the Dublin Docklands, he spent the greater part of his life in Galway, where he was a professor of Romance languages at UCG for 42 years. He was a prominent figure in Irish life during the 20th century, and among his many positions were a founding member, actor and director of Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe (an Irish-language theatre) , a member of the board of the Abbey Theatre, was on the advisory committee for Radio Éireann, and also the committee of the Military History Society of Ireland .

A member of the Irish Volunteers, he fought during the Easter Rising of 1916 at St Stephens Green, and following the surrender was imprisoned at Wandsworth jail and Frongoch internment camp. During the War of Independence he was engaged with arms purchases on the continent and on his return to Ireland was again imprisoned for a period of 13 months.


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