O'Kelly, Seumas, approximately 1875-1918

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Seumas O'Kelly was an Irish writer, born in Loughrea in 1881. He worked as a journalist off and on most of his life, contributing articles to the United Irishman and The Connaught Leader. Later he became the editor of The Southern Star and the Leinsten Leader. He is most widely known as a playwright and literary artist, writing plays such as The Matchmakers, The Shuiler's Child and The Bribe. Other notable works include The Parnellite, Meadowsweet, Driftwood, and his short story The Weaver's Grave, considered by many one of the world's finest short stories.

O'Kelly took over the highly political newspaper The Nationality in 1918 and when British supporters raided the office he was working in on Armistice Day, November 14th, 1918, he suffered a heart attack and died. He was thirty eight years old.

From the description of Seumas O'Kelly papers, 1904-1975. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 427560767

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creatorOf O'Kelly, Seumas, ca. 1875-1918. The weaver's grave [microform] : a story of old men / [Seumas O'Kelly]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Healy, James Augustine, 1891-1975. James A. Healy collection of Irish literature, 1870-1976. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn O'Kelly, Seumas, 1881-1922. Alphonus Sweeney - Seumas O'Kelly collection, [190-?]-1980. Boston College. John J. Burns Library
creatorOf O'Kelly, Seumas, ca. 1875-1918. Seumas O'Kelly papers, 1904-1975. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
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Irish drama--20th century
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Birth 1875

Death 1918-11-14

Irish (Republic of Ireland)



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