Brendan Behan pp 207-211 | Cite as

Talking to Mrs Stephen Behan

  • Marion Fitzgerald


Six. I had seven, but the last one died. I used to rejoice that I had six sons to carry my coffin to the graveyard. Now that’s over. Now they bring the coffin in the hearse to the graveyard. I have one daughter. I always say that we are seven, like the poem in the book. Rory is the eldest. He works in Templemore and he’s married with four kiddies. Sean is next and he works in London, and he’s an electrician, or an electrician’s helper would be more like it. Seamus is an electrician in Selfridges. They all have very nice jobs. Brian is a carpenter and he lives in Herne Hill, near Brixton. Dominic is in London working in the BBC. I believe he’s just finished a book, The Laughing Boy, and he has a play nearly finished, The Courage of Henry Thomson. Carmel is married too. But they were all home for the day when the BBC did This is Your Life. They brought a brother of mine home from America…a lovely time we had.1


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  1. 1.
    For details of this programme see Seamus de Burca, ‘In Search of Stephen Behan’, Irish Digest (Dublin), lxxvii, no. 9 (Mar 1963) 43–6.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    The School of the French Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, North William Street, Dublin. ‘The late Sister Monica … taught generations of boys, including Sean Russell, and one of the Editors of the Irish Digest, and the present writer, at North William Street School’ — Brendan Behan, Hold Your Hour and Have Another (London: Hutchinson, 1963) p. 191. Behan also mentioned Sister Monica by name in his short story ‘The Confirmation Suit’, The Standard (Dublin), Easter 1953, P. 5.Google Scholar

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