Pádraic Ó Conaire, Father of Irish Modernism
On the 28th of February, I celebrated the 141st birthday of an Irish literary legend on his birthday, over on Substack. This was just in the manner I had opened the month, with the 141st birthday of James Joyce on the 2nd.
While a very different type of writer, Pádraic Ó Conaire was equally important as Joyce, both in and after his lifetime, He pioneered the Irish-language modernist short story and novel in the early 20th century, and documented seminal events like the Easter Rising of 1916 in his seminal work, Seven Virtues of the Rising. Read my full story on Substack to appreciate the Galwegian writer’s enduring fame- and how his legacy intersected with that of US President John F. Kennedy.
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