Archive for August 2008

Seventy years later

Aug 28th, 2008 | By | Category: Ireland

Sitting under grey skies, looking out at Atlantic rollers, I finished the fourth volume of Sean O’Casey’s seven volume autobiography.  O’Casey’s departure from Ireland at the end of “Innishfallen, Fare Thee Well”, (the title he gives to volume four), marks his leaving, in 1938, of a country that had become something very different from the republic of which O’Casey had dreamed when secretary of the Irish Citizen Army. O’Casey finds himself on the margins – a Protestant in a country overwhelmingly dominated by the Roman Catholic hierarchy; a socialist in …