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 OBrien Press; f. of Michael OBrien, the publisher.
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Gustave Klaus, ed., Strong Words Brave Deeds: The Poetry, Life and
Times of Thomas OBrien, Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War
(OBrien Press 1994) [contribs. incl. Seán Ó hEidirsceoil,
Manus ORiordan, 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.