BRIAN O NOLAN

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SHEA CARROLL29/09/2011Next week Oct 5th marks the centenary of the birth of Brian O`Nolan /Flann O`Brien /Myles na gCopeleen (whichever you prefer).According to Anthony Cronin`s biography of same the family lived in Inchicore around 1915/16 approx.The house they lived in was called "St Michaels"and was "one of four set back from the road".Does anyone know where this house is/was?
michel o'flanagana03/10/2011The House was on Sarfield Road. As a child he saw the Irish Volunteers (from Emmet Hall) marching and training on the Grounds of Inchicore House near their house in 1915.
Michael O'Flanagan03/10/2011Brian had first been to the cinema on a memorable occasion during the Inchicore period, probably in 1916, when his father had taken him and his brothers to a newly opened cinema in O'Connell Street and they had seen a western full of galloping horses in which someone was shot dead every 30 seconds. Now as often as they were given permission they would walk into town to see much the same sort of fare, varied sometimes by a feature-length Chaplin comedy and even an epic
catherine currivan04/10/2011His brother, Kevin O'Nolan, was a classics lecturer in Belfield, would have been about fifty in the early 1970's. He was a mild-mannered man-no sign of the biting wit associated with his sibling!
catherine currivan04/10/2011His brother, Kevin O'Nolan, was a classics lecturer in Belfield, would have been about fifty in the early 1970's. He was a mild-mannered man-no sign of the biting wit associated with his sibling!
SHEA CARROLL05/10/2011Michael,any chance the house still exists?
catherine currivan05/10/2011O'Nolan is a fairly unusual name. I wonder were they in Inchicore at the 1911 census.
SHEA CARROLL06/10/2011I think the family only arrived in Dublin from Strabane around 1915 approx.They stayed just a couple of years or so before moving to Tullamore and then back to Blackrock Co Dublin
catherine currivn08/10/2011According to Alan Titley's article in Thursday's Irish Time, Myles didn't begin formal schooling until his early teens.! Of course there were travelling teachers but doesn't his work reflect a childhood spent reading anything and everything he could find in both English and Irish in a literary home environment! An amazing freedom and absence of restriction!