#OnThisDay in 1964 – Death of Brendan Behan, Irish Republican, Poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English.

‘Ah, Bless you Sister, may all your sons be bishops.’ –Brendan Behan Brendan Behan was born in Dublin into a republican family, and became a member of the IRA’s youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant […]

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#OTD in 1923 – Birth of poet and playwright, Brendan Behan, in Dublin.

Much of Brendan Behan’s work was autobiographical, showcasing working class, Republican Dublin. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and poets of all time. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA’s youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also […]

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1964 – Brendan Behan, writer/poet, dies at 41 in the Meath Hospital from complications caused by diabetes and alcohol.

‘Don’t speak of your Protestant minister, Nor of his church without meaning or faith, For the foundation stone of his temple Was the bollocks of Henry VIII’ –Brendan Behan Brendan Francis Behan was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican […]

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1923 – Birth in Dublin of playwright, Brendan Behan.

Much of Brendan Behan’s work was autobiographical, showcasing working class, Republican Dublin. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and poets of all time. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA’s youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also […]

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1923 – Birth in Dublin of playwright Brendan Behan.

Much of Behan’s work was autobiographical, showcasing working class, Republican Dublin. His most famous work might be Borstal Boy, which took its title from the three years Behan spent in borstal following his failed attempt to plant an IRA bomb in Liverpool. Behan suffered from the curse of many Irish writers -alcoholism. “One drink is […]

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