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Guide to the Liam Creagh Collection on Brendan Behan

MSE/IR 1070


Collection Summary

Title: Liam Creagh Collection on Brendan Behan
Dates: 1958-1971
Collection No.: MSE/IR 1070
Creator: Creagh, Liam
Extent: 17 folders containing manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, drawings and newspapers and 1 leather belt.1 linear foot
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: Correspondence and ephemera relating to Brendan Behan.

Selected Search Terms

Irish playwrights
Behan, Brendan (1923-1964)

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: Liam Creagh Collection on Brendan Behan, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: Acquired at Mealy's Auction, December 2010.

Biographical Note

Brendan Behan (1923-1964) was born in Dublin and became involved in the IRA early in life. He was incarcerated in Hollesley Bay, Suffolk as a youth and later in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin for shooting at a Garda (police officer).

A housepainter by trade, Behan was a playwright, poet, balladmaker and novelist as well as being known as a popular storyteller and singer. He wrote and published in both Irish and English. Among Behan's best-known works are The Quare Fella, An Giall, The Hostage and Borstal Boy. Alcohol was a major problem in Behan's life, and this combined with diabetes brought him to an early death.

Liam Creagh was a prominent member of far-right group Ailtirí na hAiséirghe, and a friend of Brendan Behan.

Scope and Content Note

The Liam Creagh Collection on Brendan Behan consists of 17 folders containing 7 letters and cards, a typescript, various print items, photographs and pictures, and a leather belt.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized with correspondence in one group followed by other written material. Pictures (photographs, paintings and drawings) are grouped next. The last item is a leather military belt.

Container List

  • Letter. Brendan Behan to Mícheál Mac Liammóir 1961. Folder 1 (MSE/IR 1070-1).
    1 letter.
    • ALS. Note to Liam Creagh. 25 April 1961 Folder 2 (MSE/IR 1070-2).
      1 page.
      • Signed letter to Liam Creagh. 2 July 1961 Folder 3 (MSE/IR 1070-3).
        4 pages.
        • Postcard to Liam Creagh. 2 July 1961 Folder 3 (MSE/IR 1070-3).
          1 card.
          • Receipt, Central Bar and Lounge, Dublin.  Folder 5 (MSE/IR 1070-5).
            1 page.
            • Letter, Beatrice Behan to Phyllis Creagh. 7 September 1962. Folder 6 (MSE/IR 1070-6).

              • Letter, Lee Dunne to Liam Creagh. 24 June 1968. Folder 7 (MSE/IR 1070-7).

                • Letter, Macdara Woods to Liam Creagh. c.1971 Folder 8 (MSE/IR 1070-8).

                  • Typescript, "Teems of Times and Happy Returns".  Folder 9 (MSE/IR 1070-9).
                    40 page typescript.
                    • Book:The Quare Fellow, by Brendan Behan, with dedication by author to Liam Creagh. 19 June 1957 Folder 10 (MSE/IR 1070-10).
                      • Booklet: Brendan Behan. A memoir, by Seamus de Burca. With dedication by the author to Liam Creagh. 21 March 1972. Folder 11 (MSE/IR 1070-11).
                        • Newspaper reports on death and funeral of Brendan Behan: Evening Press, 21 March 1964; page from Sunday Press, 22 March 1964; Evening Press, 23 March 1964. March 1964 Folder 12-F3 (MSE/IR 1070-12-F3).
                          2 newspapers and 1 newspaper page.
                          • Photograph: Brendan Behan.  Folder 13 (MSE/IR 1070-13).
                            1 print.
                            • Photograph: Liam Creagh family with Brendan Behan.  Folder 14(MSE/IR 1070-14).
                              2 prints.
                              • Painting: Countess Markievicz.  Folder 15(MSE/IR 1070-15).
                                1 painting.
                                • Drawing: Brendan Behan, by Seán Ó Súilleabhàin.  Folder 16(MSE/IR 1070-16).
                                  1 drawing.
                                  • Military belt, reputedly belonging to Brendan Behan.  Folder 17(MSE/IR 1070-17).
                                    1 leather belt.