Brendan Behan
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"Brendan Francis Behan" was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a Volunteer (Irish republican)/volunteer in the Irish Republican Army (1922-1969)/Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and Culture of Ireland/culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from a tender age. Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to his serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. During this time, he took it upon himself to study and he became a fluent speaker of the Irish language. Subsequently released from prison as part of a general amnesty given by the Fianna Fáil government in 1946, Behan moved between homes in Dublin, County Kerry/Kerry and Connemara and also resided in Paris for a period.

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