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Behan, Brendan Francis

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Born: 1923 AD
Died: 1964 AD, at 41 years of age.

Nationality: Irish
Categories: Authors, Dramatist

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1923 - Born on the 9th of February in inner-city Dublin, Ireland.

1937 - Became a member of Fianna Éireann, the youth organization of the IRA.

         - Published his first poems and prose in the organization's magazine Fianna: the Voice of Young Ireland.

1939 - Arrested in Liverpool in possession of explosives for use in the IRA S-Plan bombing campaign.

         - Sentenced to three years in a reform school.

1942 - Behan was tried for the attempted murder of two detectives in Dublin and sentenced to fourteen years.

         - He was sent to Mountjoy Prison and later to the Curragh Internment Camp.

1946 - Released as part of a general amnesty of republican prisoners.

1947 - Spent a short time in prison in Manchester for helping a fellow republican to escape from jail.

1954 - Wrote play The Quare Fellow, which was based on his experiences in jail, was produced in the Pike Theatre in Dublin.

1956 - The Quare Fellow opened in the Theatre Royal, Stratford, in a production by Joan Littlewood.

1958 - Wrote plays "The Hostage", autobiographical novel "Borstal Boy".

1964 - Died on the 20th of March.


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