MacMahon, Bryan

Bryan MacMahon
Bryan MacMahon. Image source goodreads.com

Bryan MacMahon was born in Listowel, Co Kerry in 1909.

His plays include The Bugle in the Blood (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1949); The Song of the Anvil (The Abbey Theatre, 1960); The Honey Spike (The Abbey Theatre, 1961); The Master; Jack Furey; The Death of Biddy Early; The Time of the Whitethorn and The Gap of Life.

His novels include Children of the Rainbow (New York, E. P. Dutton 1952/London and Toronto, Macmillan 1952); The Honey Spike (London, The Bodley Head, 1967); and posthumously, Hero Town (Tralee, Brandon, 2005).
His collected stories include The Lion-Tamer And Other Stories (Toronto, Macmillan, 1948/New York, Dutton, 1949): Red Petticoat (Macmillan, 1955/New York, E. P. Dutton & Co, 1955) and The Sound of Hooves (London, Bodley Head.1985).

His other work includes his autobiography The Master (Dublin, Poolebeg, 1992), The Talleystick ( Poolebeg, 1994); and A Final Fling (Poolbeg, 1998).

A teacher all his life, he also wrote stories for children, including Jack O’Moora, and the King of Ireland’s Son (New York, E. P. Dutton 1950); Brendan of Ireland (London, Methuen, 1965/New York, Hastings House, 1967); Patsy-O and his Wonderful Pets ( E. P. Dutton, 1970); and Mascot Patsy-O (Dublin: Poolbeg, 1992).

He is also well-known as the translator of Peig: The Autobiography of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island (Dublin, Talbot, 1974).

Amongst his awards are LL.D (hon.causa) National University of Ireland (1972). He was President of Irish P.E.N. and a committee member of the Academy of Irish Letters.

Also a member of Aosdána, he died in 1998.


Bryan MacMahon, Údar and Oide at St Patrick’s College

Bryan MacMahon at The National Library of Ireland


One Comment

  1. Kathleen

    I am searching for a short story, “The Sofa” to download for a reading here in New York. Can anyone help me?
    Don’t know the author but it was published here in the states within the last ten years.
    Kathleen McGee

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