Myles na gCopaleen was one of the pseudonyms used by the Irish novelist and satirist Brian O’Nolan (Brian Ó Nualláin). He used several other pseudonyms during his lifetime, including Flann O’Brien, George Knowall and Brother Barnabas. Apart from his novels O’Nolan, who was fulltime civil servant, also wrote a satirical column for the Irish Times for twenty six years.
Brian O’Nolan was born in Strabane, Co Tyrone in 1911. He was educated at Blackrock College and at Synge Street Christian Brothers School in Dublin. Having studied German at University College Dublin O’Nolan joined the civil service in 1930. The novel At Swim-Two-Birds, considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, was published in 1939. His other novels include, The Third Policeman, An Béal Bocht, The Hard Life and The Dalkey Archive.
Myles na gCopaleen (Brian O’Nolan), Irish novelist and satirist, was born in the year 1911 On This Day.
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