1895-1967 [Kenneth Sheils Reddin; occas. pseud. Kenneth Sarr], b. Dublin;
son of Mrs. Reddin, who held Sundays in Artane in the 1910s; ed. Belvedere,
Clongowes, and St. Endas, attended UCD; participated in 1916 and
subsequently interned; studied law, and became Judge of the District Courts,
1922; short one-act plays, The Passing, Tailteann winner 1924,
then produced at the Abbey (1924), set in Dublin slums; Old Mag (Abbey
1924), dealing with a Waterford street-vendor; Somewhere to the Sea (1936), set at close of Black-and-Tan war, with literary characters
such as AE, James Stephens, Susan Mitchell, and Maire Nic Shuiblaigh;
as District Justice, heard driving charges against Samuel Beckett in Shankill
Court, 1937; Another Shore (1945), also set in Dublin; wrote also
for children; d. 17 Aug. DIB DIW IF2 DIL OCIL
Novels, Somewhere to the Sea (London: Nelson 1936), as Sarr;
Another Shore (London: Cresset 1945); Young Man with a Dream (NY: Current Books A. A. Winn ).
Plays [as Sarr], The Passing,
a tragedy in one act (Dublin & Cork: Talbot 1924) [Tailteann Prize];
Old Mag (Dublin & Cork: Talbot 1924); The White Bolle-Trie:
A Wonder Story (Dublin & Cork: Talbot 1927).
Desmond Clarke, Ireland in Fiction [Pt. II] (Cork: Royal
Carbery 1985), lists The White Bolle-Tree (1927); Somewhere
to the Sea (1936), as Sarr; A nother Shore (1945); Mary
Ann and the Old Party, for children (1946).
Brian Cleeve & Anne Brady,
A Dictionary of Irish Writers (Dublin: Lilliput 1985), identifies
Somewhere to the Sea and Another Shore as adult novels.