Theatre and Treaty:Arthur Griffith's Reputation as Impugned by W.B. Yeats and Frank Pakenham

Online lecture

Tuesday 9 November, 7pm

Speaker: Professor Colum  Kenny,  Professor Emeritus  Dublin City University

Join Professor Colum Kenny as he looks at the remarkable relationship between Arthur Griffith and W.B. Yeats, in the context of Griffith’s reputation.

Platform: Zoom

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Founder of Sinn Féin, Chairman of the Treaty delegation and President of Dáil Éireann, Arthur Griffith was a moving force in Irish culture and politics. But, after his sudden death in 1922, his reputation suffered at the hands of Frank Pakenham (later Lord Longford) and W.B. Yeats, among others. Griffith’s objections to Synge’s Playboy of the Western World have been mocked, while Yeats’s accusation of ‘hysterical pride’ concealed an earlier relationship with Griffith that benefited Yeats. A biographer of Griffith, Kenny suggests that in the theatre of politics Griffith’s early demise meant that the man whom Michael Collins reportedly dubbed ‘father of us all’ could be conveniently cast as foil or even villain.

Dr Colum Kenny, BCL, BL,  Professor Emeritus Dublin City University is a journalist and author. Awarded the gold medal of the Irish Legal History Society, he has written widely on legal and general history as well as on the media. In 2020 his Arthur Griffith, 'Father of Us All' was published by Merrion Press, and his latest book is Midnight in London: The Anglo-Irish Treaty Crisis 1921 (Eastwood Books, 2021).

 
NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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