Micheál Ó hAodha

Life
1918- ; b. Clare; learned classics from Matt Tuohy, the last of the hedge-schoolmasters; Radio Éireann producer, 1951-1968; Abbey board of directors, 1968-1982 [var. 1965]; plays in Irish including Ordóg an Bháis (1943) and Dlí na Feirme (1965); also wrote Muireann agus an Prionnsa (1945), the first Irish pantomime at Abbey; his later criticism includes The Abbey - Then and Now (1969), Theatre in Ireland (1974);, and The Importance of Being Micheál, A Portrait of MacLiammóir (1990) and a memoir of Siobhán McKenna. DIW

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Works
Criticism, Plays and Places (Dublin: Progress House 1961), 128pp.; The Abbey, Then and Now (Abbey Th. 1969), 100pp.; incl. Theatre in Ireland (Oxford: Blackwell 1974), xiv, 160pp., ill. [18 col pls.]; [ed.,] The O'Casey Enigma [RTÉ/Thomas Davis Lectures] (Cork: Mercier Press 1980), 124pp.; Pictures at the Abbey: the collection of the Irish National Theatre, with a conversation piece by Lennox Robinson [Irish Nat. Th. Soc.] (Portlaoise: Dolmen Press 1983), 64pp., ill. [cased]; The Importance of Being Micheal, a Portrait of MacLiammóir (Dingle: Brandon 1990), 202pp.; Siobhán, A Memoir of An Actress (Dingle: Brandon 1994), 190pp. Drama, Dlí na feirme: drama nua-staire (Baile A´tha Cliath: Sa´irse´al agus Dill 1967), 81pp.

Miscellaneous, intro. to Douglas Hyde, Abhráin grádh Chúige Connacht / Love Songs of Connacht [1893] (Shannon: IUP 1969), x, viii, 158pp.[enlarged photo. rep.]; ed., The Candle Light Painter: The Life and Work of William Cauley, traveller, painter and poet [“My life and work by William Cauley”] transcribed & edited by Micheál Ó hAodha (Dublin: A & A Farmar 2004), vii, 123pp.; ed. Pecker Dunn, Parley-poet and Chanter: An Autobiography, ed. and transcribed by Micheál Ó hAodha ( Dublin: A. & A. Farmar, 2004 ), vii, 118pp. [with CD]

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References
Brandon Press (Cat. 1994/5) gives biog, as supra].

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