Cross, Eric

The Tailor and Ansty
The Tailor and Ansty. Image source

Eric Cross was born in 1905 in Newry, Co. Down, but he was raised and educated in England where he became a chemical engineer and inventor.

His book The Tailor and Ansty (with an introduction by Frank O’Connor, London, Chapman & Hall 1942, 1964/Cork, Mercier, 1970), was banned for a number of years and was the subject of a Seanad Éireann (Irish Senate) debate.

He also published Silence is Golden and Other Stories (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1978).

He died near Westport, County Mayo, in 1980.

Review of New Theatre Production of The Tailor and Ansty starring Ronan Wilmot and Nuala Hayes

Eric Cross at The National Library of Ireland