O'Brien, William

O'Brien, William,

1852–1928, Irish journalist and political leader. He became (1881) editor of a newspaper, United Ireland, which championed the Irish agrarian cause (see Irish Land QuestionIrish Land Question,
name given in the 19th cent. to the problem of land ownership and agrarian distress in Ireland under British rule. The long-term result of conquest, confiscation, and colonization was the creation of a class of English and Scottish landlords and of an
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). Imprisoned in the same year, he wrote, at the behest of Charles ParnellParnell, Charles Stewart
, 1846–91, Irish nationalist leader. Haughty and sensitive, Parnell was only a mediocre orator, but he possessed a marked personal fascination and was a shrewd political and parliamentary tactician.
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, the famous No Rent Manifesto. He sat in the British Parliament (1883–95, 1900–1918), initiated the United Irish League (1898), which helped to reunite the pro- and anti-Parnell factions of the nationalist movement, and helped shape the Wyndham Land Act of 1903. Later he founded the All-for-Ireland League, advocating a more conciliatory policy toward Britain. He wrote Recollections (1905), Evening Memories (1920), and The Irish Revolution (1923); his letters were edited by his wife, S. F. O'Brien, as Golden Memories (2 vol., 1929).
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Ireland cricketers (from left) Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield and Trent Johnston pose with Shailesh Shinde, rider of Arbroath
Selected by a panel of literary experts it includes internationally renowned writers such as Edna O'Brien, William Trevor and Cathy Kelly as well as national treasures like Bill Cullen, Roy Keane and Eamon Dunphy.
Ireland: Trent Johnston (capt), Kyle McCallan, Andre Botha, Jeremy Bray, Kenneth Carroll, Peter Gillespie, David Langford-Smith, John Mooney, Paul Mooney, Eoin Morgan, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Andrew White.
Other members of teacher Ruth Ferrier's Year 5 class to impress were Conner Rollings, Ryan Matthews, Cara Payter, Emma Mason, Anpna Halai, Tom O'Brien, William Salter and Sophia's sister Sabina Al-Adawy.
What has emerged is a range of names from the predictable Seamus Heaney, Edna O'Brien, William Trevor, and Brian Friel, to the much less well known Derek Mahon and Marina Carr, with Thomas Kinsella and John Banville somewhere in between.
BRADFORD CITY: Eastwood, Ramsden, Luke O'Brien, Williams, Clarke, Bullock, Flynn, Neilson, Whaley (James O'Brien 86), Michael Boulding (Evans 63), Hanson.
But as he prepares to face Dubliner O'Brien, Williams now has another reason to retain all his trophies.
But as he prepared to face Dubliner O'Brien, Williams now has another reason to retain all his trophies.
TORQUAY: Southall; Tully, Aggrey, Watson, Russell, Herrera, Brandon (Platts, 83), Healy, O'Brien, Williams, Bedeau.