William Francis Casey
1884-1957; b. Capetown, d. London; ed. Dublin, TCD and Bar, 1909; freelance
journalist, then sporting correspondent for The Times; later still, Times foreign corespondent in Washington, Paris, et al., and finally Times editor before retirement in 1952; novels, Zoe (1911), Haphazard (1917); Private Life of a successful Man (1935).
wrote successful Abbey plays, The Man Who Missed the Tide and The
Suburban Groove (both 1908 productions); later held the foreign desk
at The Times (London). DIW
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Belfast Public Library holds Zoe, a Portrait (1911).
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Casey is briefly cited in Brian Inglis, Downstart (London: Chatto
& Windus 1990), as a friend of his mothers before marriage,
whose plays The Man Who Missed the Tide and The Suburban
Groove [sic] were both produced by the Abbey in 1908; afterwards
went to England to try journalism; called a comedy writer of some
power by Andrew Malone. (Inglis, op. cit., p.8; further brief reference,