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1894 - 1976

O'Donnell was a sucessful businessman, owner of the Dublin Shirt and Collar Industries, and later a member of Seanad √Čireann in the 1940s and '50s. As a young Abbey playwright, he was mentored by his friend T.C. Murray. A number of O'Donnell's plays were banned in Britain on political grounds, leading him to be described by the Irish Press as 'Ireland's most banned playwright'.