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Sean OCasey was born John Casey in 1880 in the Dublin slums He changed his name early on in his carreer because of his strong attraction to Celtic nationalism He adopted the Gaelic name OCathasaigh which phonetically in English OCasey All his life he suffered with very bad eyes As a child he had an ulcerated cornea in his left eye leaving him with sight in one This caused his vision to be very dim and un-clear He lived every day of his life with an increasing threat of total blindness His disability effected his education His schooling was very limited and he learned threw his own books and novels along with radio education programs OCaseys first three plays were realistic plays about the slums of Dublin These three plays are often referred to as the Dublin trilogy All three were performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1923 1924 and 1926 The Shadow of a Gunman which is about the terrors of the Black and Tans in Dublin Juno and the Paycock had an Irish Civil War theme to it The third in the Dublin trilogy was The Plough and the Stars which was dedicated to his mother and was his most famous play It focused on the Easter Rebellion and the Irish Citizen Army This play caused a riot in society because it characterized Irish people as predominantly drinkers mocking Irish culture This play provoked public outcry mainly because of OCaseys consistent refusal to glorify the violence of the nationalist movement Instead he mocked the heroics of war and presented the theme that dead innocent people far out numbered the dead heroes After this play turned audiences against him OCasey fled to England never to return to Ireland Roses dont grow around tenement doors pianos are rare in rooms but brave people are there and many have wider visions and more original chatter
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