Peadar O’Donnell (Peadar Ó Domhnaill) was born to an Irish-speaking family in Dungloe, Co Donegal in 1893.
A major radical figure in the history of twentieth century Ireland, he was prominent in the Irish War of Independence, the Civil War, and also fought in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side. His polemic includes For or against the ranchers? : Irish working farmers in the economic war (Westport, Mayo News, 1932).
His main works include the novels Storm (1925); The way it was with them (New York, London, G. P. Putnam’s sons, 1928, published as Islanders, Jonathan Cape, 1928, and as Muinntir an Oileáin, Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig Diolta Foillseachain Rialtas, 1935); Adrigoole (Jonathan Cape, 1929); The Knife (London, Jonathan Cape, 1930); The Gates Flew Open (Jonathan Cape, 1932); On the Edge of the Stream (Cape, 1934); The Big Windows (Jonathan Cape, 1955/Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1983); There Will Be Another Day (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1963); and Proud Island (Dublin, O’Brien Press, 1975).
His play is Wrack (1935), and his autobiography is Salud: An Irishman in Spain (1937).
He edited the Irish literary journal The Bell from 1946 until 1954.
He was a member of Aosdána, and died in 1986.
Moving Hearts – A tribute to Peadar O Donnell
Davey Spillane and Keith Donald playing in Moving Hearts’ reunion gigs Feb Vicar, St Dublin.