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O'Casey, Sean, 1884-1964, Irish dramatist, one of the great figures of the Irish literary renaissance. A Protestant, he grew up in the slum district of Dublin and was active in various socialist movements and in the rebellions for Irish independence. His first plays, The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Juno and the Paycock (1924), and The Plough and the Stars (1926), were performed by the Abbey Players with great success. These grim, satiric, and often violent tragicomedies are usually considered O'Casey's most brilliant works. They all treat aspects of the Irish movement for independence, and they are not always kind to the Irish people. The Plough and the Stars, with its unsympathic treatment of the participants in the Easter Rebellion, touched off a riot in the theater, and after this event O'Casey left Ireland for England, never to return. His later plays, more experimental and expressionistic, include The Silver Tassie (rejected by the Abbey Theatre in 1928, but successfully produced in London and New York in 1929), Within the Gates (1934), Purple Dust (1940), Red Roses for Me (1942), and The Bishop's Bonfire (1955). All of O'Casey's plays exhibit a mastery of language and an unsentimental sympathy for the poor. His six autobiographical volumes—I Knock at the Door (1939), Pictures in the Hallway (1942), Drums under the Windows (1945), Inishfallen, Fare Thee Well (1949), Rose and Crown (1952), and Sunset and Evening Star (1954)—were collectively published as Mirror in My House (2 vol., 1956). He also wrote a book of drama criticism, The Green Crow (1956). His collected plays appeared in four volumes in 1949-51.

See biographies by M. B. Marguiles (1970) and by his wife, Eileen O'Casey (1972); studies by R. Hogan (1960) and J. Simmons (1984).

orig. John Casey

O'Casey, photograph by J. Bown

(born March 30, 1880, Dublin, Ire.—died Sept. 18, 1964, Torquay, Devon, Eng.) Irish playwright. Born to a poor Protestant family, he educated himself and worked from age 14 at manual labour. He embraced the Irish nationalist cause, changed his name to its Irish form, and became active in the labour movement and its paramilitary Irish Citizen Army. By 1915 he had turned from politics to writing realistic tragicomedies about Dublin slum dwellers in war and revolution. The Abbey Theatre produced three of his earliest and best plays—The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Juno and the Paycock (1924), and The Plough and the Stars (1926)—which caused riots by Irish patriots. When his antiwar play The Silver Tassie was rejected by the Abbey, O'Casey moved to England, where it was produced in 1929. His later plays include Red Roses for Me (1946); he also published a six-volume autobiography (1939–56).

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orig. John Casey

O'Casey, photograph by J. Bown

(born March 30, 1880, Dublin, Ire.—died Sept. 18, 1964, Torquay, Devon, Eng.) Irish playwright. Born to a poor Protestant family, he educated himself and worked from age 14 at manual labour. He embraced the Irish nationalist cause, changed his name to its Irish form, and became active in the labour movement and its paramilitary Irish Citizen Army. By 1915 he had turned from politics to writing realistic tragicomedies about Dublin slum dwellers in war and revolution. The Abbey Theatre produced three of his earliest and best plays—The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Juno and the Paycock (1924), and The Plough and the Stars (1926)—which caused riots by Irish patriots. When his antiwar play The Silver Tassie was rejected by the Abbey, O'Casey moved to England, where it was produced in 1929. His later plays include Red Roses for Me (1946); he also published a six-volume autobiography (1939–56).

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Sean-Nós Nua is the sixth full-length album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor. It consists of traditional Irish songs, the title meaning "new old-style".

The album sold 225,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing

  1. "Peggy Gordon" – 5:45
  2. "Her Mantle So Green" – 5:42
  3. "Lord Franklin" – 5:05
  4. "The Singing Bird" – 4:34
  5. "Óró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile" (sung in Irish) – 3:25
  6. "Molly Malone" – 3:38
  7. "Paddy's Lament" – 5:30
  8. "The Moorlough Shore" – 5:30
  9. "The Parting Glass" – 4:36
  10. "Báidín Fheilimí" (sung in Irish) – 3:27
  11. "My Lagan Love" – 4:48
  12. "Lord Baker" (with Christy Moore) – 11:44
  13. "I'll Tell Me Ma" - 2:21

Credits

  • Sinéad O'Connor - vocals
  • Dónal Lunny - acoustic guitar, bouzouki, keyboard, bodhran, bodhran bass
  • Steve Wickham - fiddle (except tracks 7, 12 and 13), mandolin, banjo
  • Sharon Shannon - accordion
  • Alan Branch - percussion on track 12
  • Abdullah Chhadeh - Quanun
  • Nick Coplowe - Hammond organ
  • Pete Lockett - percussion (except tracks 1, 9, 12 and 13)
  • Cora Venus Lunny - violin on tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7
  • Kieran Kiely - whistle on tracks 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13, accordion on 9
  • Skip McDonald - electric guitar
  • Christy Moore - vocals on track 12
  • Rob O Geibheannaigh - flute, strings, whistle on 5 & 10, piano on 9, guitar on 3, banjo on 1 & 4
  • Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie - drums, bass, piano
  • Bernard O'Neill - acoustic bass
  • Professor Stretch - drum and bass programming

Chart performance

Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 139
U.S Top Independent Albums 6
U.S Top World Albums 1
U.S Top Independent Albums 21
French Album Charts 69
Swiss Album Charts 67
Austrian Album Charts 29
Dutch Album Charts 93
Belgian Album Charts (Flanders) 34

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