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Robert Welch

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198121879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121879.001.0001

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1926–1951: ‘The birth of a nation is no immaculate conception’

1926–1951: ‘The birth of a nation is no immaculate conception’

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(p.98) 4 1926–1951: ‘The birth of a nation is no immaculate conception’
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The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999
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Robert Welch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121879.003.0004

The thirty years after 1968 saw great contributions in all aspects of creative activity in Ireland. This was the period of immense growth in the arts; for people, it was not unusual to witness some of the finest literary achievements, like Seamus Heaney's North or Brian Friel's Translations. A lot of these works were brought about by the playwright's experience and opinion on the piling up of atrocities, injustices, lies, and humiliations amongst the people of Ireland, and people widely received these themes. The Dublin Trilogy — the Gunman, Juno, and The Plough — were a compound of emotional readiness and dramatic technique, answers to the public and private feelings of persuasion. Further into the chapter, T. C. Murray's series of lectures on the Irish Theatre for the Catholic Writers Guild is presented.

Keywords:   creative activity, North, Translations, The Dublin Trilogy, the Gunman, Juno, The Plough

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