Walter Macken

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Macken, Walter


Born 1915, in Galway, Ireland; died Apr. 22, 1967. Irish writer.

Macken began his career as a writer while working for the Abbey Theater in Dublin, where his play Mungo’s Mansion was staged in 1946. His play Home Is the Hero was also successful. Macken’s short stories in the collections Green Hills (1956; Russian translation, 1958) and God Made Sunday (1962; Russian translation, 1964) depict the harsh life of Irish fishermen and their struggle against the forces of nature. His novel Rain on the Wind (1950; Russian translation, 1960) expresses faith in the strength of the Irish people.

Macken is the author of a historical trilogy, comprising the novels Seek the Fair Land (1959), which deals with Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland in 1649–50; The Silent People (1962), which is devoted to the famine of the 1840’s; and The Scorching Wind (1964), which depicts the Easter Rising.


Sarukharian, A. P. Sovremennaia irlandskaia literatura. Moscow, 1973.
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Drama, starring Ron Moody and Jack Wild, based on a Walter Macken novel.
The first movie to take to the stage was a screen adaption of Irish playwright Walter Macken's acclaimed Home Is The Hero.
TmcHUD180810-KE17821 * DRAMA CUP: Marsden Congregational Youth Club's Drama Team won first prize at 1962's Colne Valley Service of Youth Council's annual drama festival - the first time they had entered (TmcHUD180810-KE16741) * IRISH HUMOUR: Lockwood YMCA Players (from left, Patricia Moxon, Keith Royston, Beryl Young and Anne Blatch) tackled Walter Macken's play Home Is The Hero at Paddock Civic Youth Club in 1961.
Walter Macken (1915-67) was an actor who played many roles in his native Ireland, including The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and on Broadway in New York and in The Quare Fellow and other films, but is best remembered for his writing.
The distinctions were awarded in 2005 marking the 75th anniversary of Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, the national Irish language theatre in Galway City, in memory of Walter Macken, the Galway author, actor, and director whose connections with the Taibhdhearc and the Abbey were commemorated.
During her 2008 trial, the court heard how Black stabbed neighbour John Malone in the chest in the Walter Macken flats in Mervue, Co Galway.
McCormick (whose real name was Peter Judge), reckoned by many theatre historians and indeed many of his peers to have been the greatest Abbey actor of all time: in 1935 Joseph Holloway declared that "[he] was perhaps the greatest actor in the world." However, notwithstanding his thirty-year involvement with the Abbey [1917-1947], his splendid realization of a very wide range of characters, from Oedipus to Joxer Daly (McCormick's was and still remains the definitive interpretation of that role) to Mungo in Walter Macken's Mungo's Mansions, and his matchless portrayal of Shell in the Carol Reed film, Odd Man Out (1947), very little of this great artist's work appears to have survived in accessible form.
Chief Justice John Murray said Black, of Walter Macken Flats in Mervue, Co Galway, had left her flat armed with a knife to confront Mr Malone without justification.
The judge said Black "equipped herself with a knife" before going to the victim's home at Walter Macken Flats, Mervue, Galway, and the manslaughter merited a 12-year sentence.
Father Walter Macken is chaplain in Ely University Centre in Dublin.
The Central Criminal Court was told John informed Black he had sold the dog so she went to his flat at Walter Macken Fiats in Mervue, Co Galway, to retrieve it.
The sports grounds run parallel to Walter Macken Road in Mervue close to the local school and church.