Dominic Behan: 1928 - 1989
Born Dublin — Son of Kathleen Behan. He followed his fathers trade of house-painter for some years, then emigrated to England and worked for the BBC, writing scripts, mainly for the Third Programme. His play Posterity Be Damned, produced in the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in 1959, dealt with republican activity after the Civil War of 1922-23. My Brother Brendan appeared in 1965. The Folk Singer (1972) was shown on Thames Television. His songs became popular among the Irish living in England, especially " The Patriot Game" and "Liverpool Lou". Teems of Times (1979), his story of the Behan family, was dramatized by RTÉ. He died at home in Glasgow on 3 August 1989, survived by his wife, Josephine, and two sons.
Source: A Dictionary of Irish Biography, Henry Boylan (ed.), Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1998.
Dominic Behan (22 October 1928 - 3 August 1989) was an Irish songwriter, short story writer, novelist and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also a comittedsocialist and Irish Republican. Born into a literary family Dominic Behan was one of the most influential Irish songwriters of the 20th Century.