A Dublin Socialist and an Irish Theatre

Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

in Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036519
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038827 | DOI:
A Dublin Socialist and an Irish Theatre

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This chapter begins in the late 1890s when Shaw was engrossed in developing his Fabian philosophy and playwriting career in London, when he had seemingly no concern for provincial Ireland. Nonetheless, Shaw's emerging London reputation was brought to Dublin by an Irish journalist named Frederick Ryan. Ryan promptly lectured the recently formed and exceedingly obscure Irish Socialist Republican Party (ISRP) on Shaw's Fabian essays, lectures, views on Ibsen, and plays. Present in an audience that may have been as few as fifteen, was the young socialist agitator and laborer James Connolly. Connolly's encounters with Shavian politics and participation would, over seventeen years, help propel Connolly to the realization of his life's work. Emerging from the 1890s Dublin ISRP lecture on Shaw was a Shavian influenced play, Ryan's The Laying of the Foundations. Yet soon after Ryan's play, Connolly left Ireland for America, where he developed himself through voracious reading and experience, returning in 1910.

Keywords: provincial Ireland; playwriting career; provincial Ireland; Frederick Ryan; Socialist Republican Party

Chapter.  18257 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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