Flann OBrien (1912-1966)
- A Short Biographical View
- b. Brian Nolan; usually Brian ONolan, Brian Ua Núallain
or Ó Nualláin, 5 Oct. 1912, Strabane, Co. Tyrone.
- Family moved to Dublin, 1923.
- Educated at Christian Brothers School, Synge St., then Blackrock
College and UCD.
- Completed MA Diss., Nádúir-Fhilíocht na
Gaedhilge: Trachtas maraon le Duanaire, 1934.
- Edited Blather (6 issues; August 1934-January 1935) his brother
- Entered Civil Service, 1935, rising to First Secretary of Dept. of
- Issued At Swim-Two-Bird (1939; reissued 1960).
- Issued An Béal Bocht (1941), later trans. as The
Poor Mouth (1964).
- Wrote Faustus Kelly, performed at Abbey Theatre, 1943.
- Wrote The Insect Play, based on play of Karel Capek, performed
at Gate Theatre, 1943.
- Contrib. Cruiskeen Lawn to The Irish Times, 1940-1960
as pseud. Myles na gCopaleen [at first in Irish].
- Contrib. Drink and Time in Dublin to Irish Writing,
ed., David Marcus (1946), as. Myles na gCopaleen.
- Married Evelyn McDonnell, 2 Dec. 1948.
- Contrib. The Martyrs Crown (Envoy 1950).
- Contrib. A Bash in the Tunnel to James Joyce Special
Number of Envoy (April 1951).
- Contrib. articles to Kavanaghs Weekly, April-June 1952,
as. Myles na gCopaleen.
- Took early retirement from civil service, 19 Feb. 1953.
- Attacked Titostalinatarianism of Tostal Festival, 1953.
- Inaugurated Blooms Day pilgrimage with John Ryan, Patrick Kavanagh,
and Anthony Cronin, 16 June 1954.
- Contrib. A Weekly Look Around [column] as John James
Doe, Southern Star (15 Jan. 1955-3 Nov. 1956).
- Contrib. Bones of Contention aka George Knowalls
Peepshow [column], Nationalist and Leinster Times (1960-1966).
- Denounced plaque commemorating birthplace of Oscar Wilde in Cruiskeen
- Issued The Hard Life (1961).
- Contrib. De Me, as Myles na Gopaleen, to New
Ireland (QUB 1964).
- Issued The Dalkey Archive (1965), soon afterwards dramatised
by Hugh Leonard as The Saints Go Cycling In (1965).
- The Saint and I, Manchester Guardian (19 Jan. 1966).
- Died. 1 April 1966.
- The Third Policeman (1967) published with epigraph from Shakespeare
lets reason with the worst that may befall.]