#OTD in 1964 – Death of Brendan Behan, an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English.

He was also a committed Irish Republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. He died in Meath hospital after reportedly telling a nun looking after him: ‘Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops’. Brendan Behan was born in Dublin into a republican family, and became a member of the IRA’s youth […]

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#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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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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