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Peadar O'Donnell

Born in Dungloe, Co. Donegal, he became an organiser of the Transport Union in 1918. He joined the Irish Volunteers in 1919 and fought with them during the War of Independence. He took the republican side in the Civil War and spent two years in jail from 1922-24. He remained a member of the IRA until 1939 when he broke away to help found the Republican Congress. After World War II, he continued to participate in various political groups. He edited The Bell from 1946-54. His main novels include Storm (1925); Islands (1928); The Knife (1930); The Gates Flew Open (1932); On the Edge of the Stream (1934); The Big Windows (1955); There Will Be Another Day (1963); and Proud Island (1975). He wrote a play, Wrack, in 1933, and an autobiography, Salud: An Irishman in Spain, in 1937.

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