Windfalls: Stories, Poems, and Plays

Windfalls: Stories, Poems, and Plays

Windfalls: Stories, Poems, and Plays

Windfalls: Stories, Poems, and Plays

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How I enjoyed the glory that was mine when something I had written first appeared in print! It was an article criticizing the educational policy in Ireland sponsored by Mr. Augustine Birrell, and the article appeared in a paper called The Nation, then edited by L. P. O'Ryan, who afterwards, I think, became Editor or Assistant Editor of the Daily Herald. I remember sending the paper in which the article appeared to a Protestant pastor for whom I had a deep fondness, and from whom I expected great praise and many words of encouragement, but the comment he made was a dead silence. Venturing, some weeks later, to ask him what he thought of it, he placed a hand gently on my shoulder and shocked me, saying,

"The man who wrote that article, John, is a traitor, and ought to be in jail."

Many hot and weary days of activities in various National and Labour Organizations followed. This was the time before the symbol of Irish Republicanism had blossomed out into the now well- known flags of green and white and orange, but...

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