Thomas O’Brien

Life
1914-74; working-class socialist; fought in International brigade, Spanish Civil War; worked in new theatre Group and its magazine Surge; operator of 3d. Lending Library by bicycle delivery during Emergency in Dublin; fndr. of O’Brien Press; f. of Michael O’Brien, the publisher.

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References
H Gustave Klaus, ed., Strong Words Brave Deeds: The Poetry, Life and Times of Thomas O’Brien, Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War (O’Brien Press 1994) [contribs. incl. Seán Ó hEidirsceoil, Manus O’Riordan, J. Bowyer Bell]; but note review by Rory Brennan, in Books Ireland (Nov. 1995), p.284, making no mention of contributors and commending the ‘feel’ of the 1930s.

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