Sean O'Casey Estate

Sean O'Casey Estate Portrait


Sean O’Casey was born in Dublin in 1880. He grew up in poverty and hardship in a Dublin tenement house. He suffered from poor eyesight, which greatly affected his education. He spent the first half of his life as a labourer, but became increasingly involved in the Irish political struggle for independence and the need to improve conditions for the poor. He was secretary of the Irish Citizen Army, and wrote for the Irish Worker. He wrote about the struggles of life for the poor in Ireland. His first play, THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN, was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, followed swiftly by JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, and THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS. Later plays include THE SILVER TASSIE, RED ROSES FOR ME, WITHIN THE GATES and COCK-A-DOODLE-DANDY. He moved from Dublin to England, where he also wrote his acclaimed six volumes of autobiography.  O’Casey lived with his family in Devonshire until his death in 1964.