Cathleen ni houlihan is a one act play written by william butler yeats and lady gregory in 1902 it was first performed on 2 april of that year and first published in the october number of samhain lady gregory wrote the naturalistic peasant dialogue of the gillane family while yeats wrote cathleen ni houlihans dialogue. Cathleen ni houlihan is a kind of miracle it is not deep it is not elevated by any great poetry or made memorable by any vivid character or absorbing plot yet this one act play in its simple prose and folk tale purity not only expresses ardently the nationalistic aspirations of the irish people but does so without the self satisfied triumphalism which habitually blights such patriotic . After the anglo irish war kathleen ni houlihan was a figure more associated with the irish republican army in northern ireland especially during the troubles as a literary figure kathleen ni houlihan was featured by william butler yeats and lady augusta gregory in their play cathleen ni houlihan. In 1899 yeats helped found the irish national theatre society which later became the famous abbey theatre of dublin written in collaboration with lady gregory cathleen ni houlihan appeared on the bill of plays produced in 1902 by the theatre and although a short work it was frequently revived until world war ii. Buy the paperback book cathleen ni houlihan by william butler yeats at indigoca canadas largest bookstore free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders william butler yeats 1865 1939 was an instrumental figure in the irish literary revival of the 20th century that redefined irish writing w b yeats paperback january 1 2011
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