Seamus De Burca
1912- [James Bourke]; b. Dublin, son of Patrick Bourke, actor-playwright
and director of theatrical costumiers in Dublin; uncle of Brendan Behan.
plays include adaptation of Kickhams Knockagow (1944); Thomas
Davis (1948); Limpid River (Gate Theatre, 11 June 1956); Mrs.
Howards Husband (16 Feb. 1959); The Boys and Girls are Gone
(1961); also a novel, Limpid River (1962), and a biography of the
author of the Irish national anthem, his uncle Peadar Kearney (1957).
DIW DIL OCIL
[Robert Hogan, ed.,] A Bourke/De Burca Double Number, in Journal
of Irish Literature, 2 & 3 (Jan.-May 1984) [incl. Northern
Insurgents: A Romantic Irish Drama of Ulster in 1798, pp.7-74, Handy
Andy: A Play in 3 Acts, adpt. from Samuel Lover, pp.87-140; also and
Kurt Jacobsen, interview with Seamus de Burca].
Robert Hogan, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature (Dublin: Gill
& Macmillan 1979): born James Bourke; cites droll and savage The
Howards (1960), and The End of Mrs. Oblong (1968), a rambling imitation
of Behan. Also an adaptation of Handy Andy (Lover), unproduced.
Remarks, Slovenly and long-winded on paper, but splendidly theatrical
Cheryl Herr dedicated For the Land They Loved (Syracuse Press 1991)
to him and others who do not fear to speak of 98, calling
him a national resource of the highest order. See similar
comments in Stephen Watts, Joyce, OCasey, and the Popular Irish
Theater (Syracuse UP 1991).
Variants: The Howards, cited thus in Dictionary of Irish Literature (1979), is listed as Mrs. Howards Husband in Dictionary of Irish Writers (1988), while Robert Hogan, ed., Seven Irish Plays (Minnesota UP 1967), Introduction, also cites The Howards with a production date (16 Feb. 1959). Ireland in Fiction (Pt. 2) omits Limpid River.