born the fifth of seven children in Tarbert,
Co. Kerry, 26 October. His father, Thomas
McGreevy, was a policeman, and his mother,
Margaret née Enright, a primary
school teacher. He attended national school
until the age of sixteen, then studied
privately for the civil service.
||Passed the Boy
Clerk examination for the British civil
service and moved to Dublin to begin work
with the Irish Land Commission. In April 1912
was transferred to London to work with the Wales. At the outbreak of the Great War
Commissioners for England and promoted to second
division clerk working with the Intelligence
Department of the Admiralty.
||In March 1917
joined the British Army as a gunner. Was
promoted in November to second lieutenant in
the Royal Field Artillery. Served in the
front lines of the Ypres Salient and the
Somme where he was wounded twice.
Attended Trinity College, Dublin, on a
scholarship for ex-officers of the Great War,
taking an honours degree in political science
and history (concentrating on the French
Revolution). While at Trinity was a member of
the Dublin Arts Club and the Dublin Drama
reside in Dublin. Was appointed assistant
secretary to the Irish advisory committee of
the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust. And
co-founded the Irish Central Library for
Students with Christina Keogh and Lennox
Robinson. Placed articles in The Leader,
The Irish Statesman, and The Gael.
In May 1924 first trip to France as a
civilian ( where he is first introduced to
James Joyce), and to Spain. The next summer,
first trip to Switzerland. Both trips
provided the inspiration for half-a-dozen
poems. Probably in May 1925 moved to
criticism (book, ballet and opera) for The
Criterion, The Nation, The
Connoisseur, The Times Literary
Supplement, and the New Statesman.
Appointed assistant editor of The
Connoisseur, a journal of the arts.
Occasionally acted as deputy lecturer at the
National Gallery, London. In 1926 began to
translate Paul Valéry's Introduction à
la méthode de Léonard de Vinci. In May
1926, published first poem, 'Aodh Ruadh Ó
Domhnaill'. Continued to have poetry
published regularly in journals until 1932.
In November/December wrote the theme for the
ballet Pomona composed by Constant
Lambert and choreographed by Nijinska (first
performed on 9 September 1927 at the Teatro
Colón in Buenos Aires). Meets T.S. Eliot.
||In January 1927
took up temporary post at the École Normale
Supérieure (Paris) as lecteur d'anglais,
which, in October 1928, was renewed for two
began submitting Poems to publishers.
In March essay on George Moore published in Scrutinies.
In November met Samuel Beckett. MacGreevy's
essay 'The Catholic Element in Work In
Progress' was first published in transition
(Fall 1928), and later reprinted by
Shakespeare & Co. in Our Exagmination
round His Factification for Incamination of Work
In Progress (May 1929). In June meets Richard
Aldington at James Joyce's apartment..
||In January made
assistant secretary of the English edition of
Formes, a journal of the fine arts. Introduction
to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci
published by John Rodker.
appointed secretary of the English edition of
Formes (resigned 1931). Father died in
April. In July resigned post at the École
live in Paris. Chatto & Windus published
MacGreevy's monographs: T.S. Eliot: A
Study (January) and Richard Aldington:
An Englishman (September). In July
returns to live in Tarbert.
||In March leaves
Dublin, first stopping in Paris, before
returning to London. Began writing Jack B.
Yeats: An Appreciation and an Interpretation.
||In May Poems
published by William Heinemann in London, and
in November reprinted by The Viking Press in
||Main source of
income derived from lecturing at the National
Gallery in London and from literary
translation, including Henry de Montherlant's
Pity for Women and Lament for the
Death of an Upper Class. Mother died in
critic for The Studio (until December
National Gallery of London suspended its
lecture series during the Blitz, MacGreevy
helped remove pictures from London for
safekeeping, and then returned to Dublin.
Began writing for the Father Mathew Record
and The Capuchin Annual. In November
became art critic for The Irish Times (until
editorial staff of The Capuchin Annual.
Yeats: An Appreciation and an Interpretation
published by Victor Waddington and Pictures
in the Irish National Gallery by the
||Moved to 24
Fitzwilliam Place with his recently widowed
sister Nora Phelan and her three daughters.
de l'ordre de la Légion d'honneur by the
French Government for his services to the
Arts. Began a correspondence with the
American poet Wallace Stevens, which was to
last until Stevens' death in 1955.
Director of the National Gallery of Ireland
(a post he held until 1963).
the first Arts Council (An Chomhairle
||In January made
first and only trip to the United States as
Irish delegate to the Congress in Art History
and Museology at the Metropolitan Museum of
Art in New York. During the trip he met
Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore at a
luncheon at the home of Barbara Church.
Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana
from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Began writing memoirs.
||Had first heart
honorary Doctorate of Letters from the
National University of Ireland. Had second
heart attack. Began writing Nicolas
Poussin published by The Dolmen
de la Légion d'honneur. Organized the
exhibition of Jack B. Yeats's work for the
Irish section of the Venice Bienniale.
the National Gallery because of failing
health. Received the Silver Cultural Medal of
the Direzione Generale delle Relazioni
Culturali from the Italian Ministry of
||Died 16 March
1967, the eve of St Patrick's Day, in