Keane, John B.

John B.Keane
John B.Keane. Image source

John B. Keane was born in Listowel, Co Kerry in 1928.

He published forty-six works, but is best known for his plays which inlcude Sive; Sharon’s Grave; The Man from Clare; The Year of the Hiker; The Field (which was adapted as a film of the same name); Many Young Men of Twenty; Big Maggie; Moll; The Crazy Wall; The Buds of Ballybunion; The Chastitute; and Faoiseamh.

His novels are The Bodhran Makers; Durango; The Contractors; A High Meadow.

He has published many books of humourous essays and letters, including Letters of a T.D.; Love Bites, and Owl Sandwiches. He has published one book in Irish, Dan Pheadí Aíndí. His biography is Man of the Triple Name.

He is a former president of Irish P.E.N., an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Dublin Society, a D.Litt (hon.causa) Trinity College Dublin; Hon. Doc. Fine Arts, Marymount Manhattan College.

A founder member of the Society of Irish Playwrights, he was a member of Aosdána.

He lived in Listowel, Co Kerry, and died in May 2002.

An excerpt from an interview of John B. Keane by Brendan Kennelly

Listowel Arcade’s Youtube Channel
Many of John B. Keane’s books and plays are published by The Mercier Press, Cork.
See The Mercier Press List for John B. Keane

John B. Keane at The National Library of Ireland