Brendan Behan


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Brendan Francis Behan (9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong ... more »

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  • ''I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.''
    Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright. Pat, in The Hostage, act 1 (1958). On his experiences in the I.R.A....
  • ''One drink is too many for me and a thousand not enough.''
    Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright. Quoted by Rae Jeffs, publicist and assistant to Behan, in Daniel Farson, "Rousting in Dublin," Sacred Mon...
  • ''I am a daylight atheist.''
    Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright. Quoted by Rae Jeffs, publicist and assistant to Behan, in Daniel Farson, Sacred Monsters, "Rousting in Du...
  • ''All publicity is good, except an obituary notice.''
    Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright. quoted in Sunday Express (London, Jan. 5, 1964).
  • ''Pat: He was an Anglo-Irishman.
    Meg: In the blessed name of God, what's that?
    Pat: A Protestant with a horse.''
    Brendan Behan (1923-1964), Irish playwright. The Hostage, act 1 (1958). Referring to Monsewer: See Behan on England and the English.
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