Ernest Blythe
 

 

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Ernest Blythe 1889-1975

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Born in Magheragall, County Antrim. His involvement with the Irish Volunteers led to him spending time in prison. He was pro-Treaty and held various government ministries from 1919-1932 but is best remembered for his support of the Irish language. He founded An Gúm. He was Managing Director of the Abbey Theatre from 1941-1967 but it was said that his devotion to the Irish language took precedence over artistic matters. He wrote two autobiographical volumes Trasna na Bóinne and Slán le hUltaibh. Other works include The Abbey Theatre, a book of poems and a study of partition Briseadh na Teorann. He is buried in Dublin.

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