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Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation$
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Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036519

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036519.001.0001

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A Dublin Socialist and an Irish Theatre

A Dublin Socialist and an Irish Theatre

(p.7) 1 A Dublin Socialist and an Irish Theatre
Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins in the late 1890s when Shaw was engrossed in developing his Fabian philosophy and playwriting career in London, when he had seemingly no concern for provincial Ireland. Nonetheless, Shaw's emerging London reputation was brought to Dublin by an Irish journalist named Frederick Ryan. Ryan promptly lectured the recently formed and exceedingly obscure Irish Socialist Republican Party (ISRP) on Shaw's Fabian essays, lectures, views on Ibsen, and plays. Present in an audience that may have been as few as fifteen, was the young socialist agitator and laborer James Connolly. Connolly's encounters with Shavian politics and participation would, over seventeen years, help propel Connolly to the realization of his life's work. Emerging from the 1890s Dublin ISRP lecture on Shaw was a Shavian influenced play, Ryan's The Laying of the Foundations. Yet soon after Ryan's play, Connolly left Ireland for America, where he developed himself through voracious reading and experience, returning in 1910.

Keywords:   provincial Ireland, playwriting career, provincial Ireland, Frederick Ryan, Socialist Republican Party

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