Brian O'Nolan and Brian O'Nolan bronze plaque in Strabane
Brian O'Nolan 1911 - 1966 writer. Born in Bowling Green Strabane into a Gaelic speaking family Brian graduated from University College Dublin after a brilliant career as a student, editing a magazine called 'Blather'. He rose to a senior position in the civil service but eventually resigned to become a full time writer. He made a lasting impression on the Dublin literary scene. Writing for the Irish Times as Myles Na cGopaleen, as Flann O'Brien he wrote many internationally acclaimed novels such as The Third Policeman.
Brian O'Nolan (Irish: Brian Ó Nualláin; 5 October 1911 – 1 April 1966) was an Irish novelist, playwright and satirist, considered a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature. Born in Strabane, County Tyrone, he is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. His English language novels, such as At Swim-Two-Birds, and The Third Policeman, were written under the nom de plume Flann O'Brien. His many satirical columns in The Irish Times and an Irish language novel An Béal Bocht were written under the name Myles na gCopaleen.O'Nolan's novels have attracted a wide following for their bizarre humour and modernist metafiction. As a novelist, O'Nolan was powerfully influenced by James Joyce. He was nonetheless sceptical of the cult of Joyce which overshadows much of Irish writing, saying "I declare to God if I hear that name Joyce one more time I will surely froth at the gob."