Piaras Béaslaí

Béaslaí in attendance at Coláiste na Mumhan,
Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh,
(colourised Matt Loughrey, 2020)

Piaras Béaslaí (1881-1965). Born Percy Beazley in Liverpool, UK, Béaslaí was the second of three sons born to Patrick Langford Beazley, editor of the Catholic Times from 1884 until his death in the early 1920s, and Nancy Beazley (née Hickie), from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. His paternal grandfather had been evicted from the notorious Lansdowne Estate in Kerry.

He was an author, playwright, biographer and translator, prominent in the Liverpool Gaelic League from its inception in 1896 and a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.

He was a proponent of Shán Ó Cuiv’s simplified Irish spelling and spent time in Ballingeary from 1910. He worked as a lecturer at Coláiste na Mumhan in 1912.

In 1915, he proposed ‘An Fáinne’, a scheme to promote spoken Irish. Those who wore the Fáinne badge (a small circular pin) undertook to speak only Irish among themselves.

Béaslaí gave the title ‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’ to the Volunteers.

From 1917-1920, Béaslaí was editor of the Gaelic League’s Fáinne an Lae.

He fought in the Easter Rising and, after independence, served as a TD (member of Dáil Éireann).

 

Foinse/source: RTE History, ‘Piaras Béaslai: the theatre-loving writer who became a rebel’ [ar líne/online]: https://www.rte.ie/history/2020/0805/1157430-piaras-beaslai-the-writer-who-became-a-rebel/ (ceadaithe/accessed 20/10/2020); Ainm.ie [ar líne/online]: https://www.ainm.ie/Bio.aspx?ID=4 (ceadaithe/accessed 20/10/2020); L. de Roiste, ‘Colaisde Muinteoireachta Na Mumhan’ (Unpublished, n.d.).

 

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