A short biography: Seán Ó Faoláin

Seán Ó Faoláin was an Irish short story writer, born in Cork city in 1900. He studied both here in University College Cork (UCC) and also in Harvard. He taught in England before returning to Ireland in 1933.

In conjunction with his collection of short stories which Ó Faoláin is noted for, he also wrote biographies on famous Irish figures such as Theobald Wolfe Tone( The autobiography of Wolfe tone published in 1937) and Daniel 0’Connell( A life of Daniel O’Connell published a year later).

In 1940, Seán Ó Faoláin founded The Bell, a monthly magazine featuring literature and social commentary. Peadar O’Donnell took over editorship six years after it was founded and stayed in the role until 1954 when publication ceased.

The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition is an annual competition dedicated to the Irish writer where writers from all over the world can submit their own short stories. You can find more information on the competition here .


  • Wikipedia
  • A short history of Ireland’s writers by A. Norman Jeffares

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