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Typescript letter, signed, from Sean O'Casey to Mai McCarthy,

1961 May 4.

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In Collection: Letters of Sean O'Casey to Mai McCarthy
Description: O'Casey begins by briefly admonishing McCarthy, as in most of his letters, for doing too much.Then he talks about the usual disagreements over who can be considered properly 'Irish' and strongly takes issue with the view, expressed in Daniel Corkery's book, 'Hidden Ireland', that Swift, Yeats, Tone and many others were not truly 'Irish' but were rather 'Anglo-Irish'. He lists all the prominent people in Ireland's history who did not fit into a narrow definition of Irishness: 'Birth in place or time or parentage is a mere accident ...we are Irish who love her [Ireland], who serve her, who bring her honor, security and wisdom'.
Main Creator: O'Casey, Sean, 1880-1964
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (2 sheets).
Call Number: MS 49,744/28 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.