“I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.“ (Brendan Behan)
|A photo of Brendan Behan from the late 1950s|
|Brendan Behan and American comedian Jackie Gleason in 1960|
The short video below shows Brendan Behan singing his brother Dominic’s “Auld Triangle”, the signature tune of his play “The Quare Fellow”:
Being probably quite afraid of his growing fame and success, Brendan spent most of his money on alcohol, basically a good idea since there are few investments that’ll give one up to 40% and more in return, but his health being a bit contrary and the rising star had drunk himself to death with a purpose at the age of 41. The IRA obviously had forgiven him the depiction in “The Hostage” and Brendan was buried with a guard of honour while thousands lined the streets in 1964.