DUBLIN 1919-25

In January 1919 MacGreevy was demobilised from the Royal Field Artillery, and the following month began reading History and Political Science at Trinity College Dublin as a moderator, or honours student. In early March he moved into rooms at TCD, and started to participate in Dublin's social, artistic and intellectual life, writing for such publications as The Irish Statesman and Old Ireland. He joined the Dublin Drama League, acting, translating and directing plays. Although MacGreevy did not start writing poetry until after he left Dublin in 1925, much of the inspiration for his poetry comes from this time. Ireland's political unrest, both before and after independence, provided the backdrop to many of MacGreevy's most powerful poems.

After graduating from Trinity College in December 1920, he began working as Assistant Organising Librarian of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, a position he held until March 1925 when he returned to London. During this time MacGreevy also began friendships, many of them life-long, with some of Ireland's most talented artists, such as W.B. Yeats, and his wife George, the painter Jack B. Yeats (the poet's younger brother) Lennox Robinson, the Abbey playwrite and producer, ER Dodds, the Classisist, Stephen MacKenna, the Irish scholar and translator from the Greek, and Mainie Jellett, Harry and Margaret Clark, Patrick Tuohy, and Sarah Purser, some of Ireland's leading artists.

A photograph of MacGreevy in his late twenties.

In 1920 MacGreevy became active in the Dublin Drama League. On 29 July 1921 he acted in an amateur production of Anatole France's The Dumb Wife playing the part of Séraphin Dulaurier.

The Yeats' residence at 82 Merrion Square where MacGreevy was a frequent visitor to the Yeat's ''at homes''.

Thomas MacGreevy as Pierrot
in Margaret Clarke's Pierrot and Columbine
painted in 1925.

©1 Property of the Estate of Thomas MacGreevy

©2 Property of Susan Schreibman

©3 Property of David Clarke

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