Frank J. Hugh O'Donnell

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Frank J. Hugh O'Donnell (4 April 1894 – 4 November 1976) was an Irish critic, playwright and politician.

O'Donnell was born at Milltown, County Galway in the late 19th century. He and his brother Patrick O'Donnell worked in the family business in Tuam before moving to Dublin to work in the clothing industry. He was a published critic of music, literature and theatrical performances, and wrote a weekly letter in the Gael, a weekly paper. He was also a playwright, having some of his works staged at the Abbey Theatre.

In 1943 he became a member of Seanad Éireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel where he promoted Irish arts and culture.[1] He lost his seat at the 1944 Seanad election, but was re-elected at the 1951 election. He was nominated by the Taoiseach to the Seanad in 1954.

He bore almost the same name as a contemporary politician, Frank Hugh O'Donnell, also from County Galway.

Select bibliography

  • Five minutes wait, Dublin, 1921
  • The Dawn Mist: A Play of the Rebellion, Gael Co-operative Society, 1922


  1. ^ "Mr. Frank Hugh O'Donnell". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  • Galway Authors, Helen Mahar, 1976

External links

  • New Hibernia Review, Spring 2005

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