Yeats remained involved with the Abbey until his death, both as a member of the board and a prolific playwright. Inhe helped set up the Dun Emer Press to publish work by writers associated with the Revival.
Francis was educated initially at home by his father, and later at the Jesuit community in St Stephen's GreenDublin. Francis's radical sympathies manifested early on through his enthusiasm for the constructed language Esperanto.
Inat the age of 15, he wrote a letter to his local newspaper in Co. Cavan stating that "Gaelic" was irretrievably dead and "the study of Esperanto would be more useful to the youth of Ireland".
This enthusiasm was not unusual at the time in leftist circles, and several prominent leaders of the Easter risingincluding James Connollywere also Esperantists. He stayed at the college long enough to earn a master's degree. Skeffington was a well-known figure at the college, individualistic and unconventional in temperament.
He was active in student politics and debating societies, including the Literary and Historical Societywhich he revived in His closest companions in his student days were James Joyce and Thomas Kettle later to become his brother-in-law.
In protest against uniformity of dress Skeffington refused to shave, and wore knickerbockers with long socks, which earned him the nickname "knickerbockers". He was an ardent proponent of women's rights, and wore a Votes for Women badge. He was an equally ardent advocate of pacifism and vegetarianism, and he denounced smoking, drinking, and vivisection.
He was a vegetarian and a teetotaller. But he did permit himself chocolate, and apparently he was often seen with a bar of milk chocolate in his pocket. He left a fictional portrait of Skeffington in his novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Manunder the guise of MacCann, a fellow-student whom Joyce's alter-ego Stephen Dedalus describes as "a squat figure in a shooting jacket and breeches," with a "bluntfeatured face" and "a strawcolored goatee which hung from his blunt chin.
In the spring term of that year Skeffington would attend the international peace conference called by the Czar. In the fall of Skeffington wrote an essay advocating equal status for women in the University, commissioned by St Stephen's, the new literary magazine of the college.
Although Joyce and Skeffington disagreed with each other's politics, they both resented censorship, and agreed to co-finance the print run of 85 copies and distribute the pamphlet to newspapers and prominent Dubliners.
In he taught in St Kieran's College in Kilkennywhere he was a colleague and friend of the school's English, French and history master Thomas MacDonagh ; the two also lodged in the same house in Kilkenny City. They jointly adopted the surname "Sheehy Skeffington". Hanna's family were a prosperous farming and milling family in County Corkand her father had been a Nationalist MP, and had been imprisoned no less than six times for revolutionary activities.
They also supported the Women's Social and Political Unionwhich lobbied for women's rights in Britain. Shortly after they married, Francis organised a petition to lobby for women to be admitted to University College on the same basis as men. When the university refused to take that step, Francis resigned from his job as registrar in protest, relying on Hanna to support him for a time.
The Irish Women's Franchise League agitated for votes for women; members included his brother-in-law Tom Kettle and his friend Thomas MacDonagh, as well as all of the non-nationalist suffrage activists of the day.
Nationalist women tended to avoid it, on the basis that the IWFL was seeking to get into the British parliament, while nationalists were trying to get out. In Francis and Hanna had a son, Owen.
They were much criticized for refusing to have him baptized. The chamber was holding a public meeting to organize a welcoming ceremony for King George V on his visit to Dublin later that year. To open the meeting, the president of the chamber proposed that "a Citizens' Committee be formed for the purpose of arranging a suitable welcome and preparing and presenting a loyal address to the Most Gracious Majesties the King and Queen, on their approaching visit to Dublin.
The workers were willing to negotiate, but not the employers. Sheehy Skeffington joined and then became a vice-chairman of the Irish Citizen Army when it was established in response to the lockout. But Francis lent his support on the understanding that the ICA would have a strictly defensive role; he resigned when it became a military entity.
Sheehy Skeffington testified before a tribunal in as a witness to the arrest of the leading trade unionist Jim Larkin on O'Connell Streetand the subsequent police assault against a peaceful crowd, which had occurred on the last weekend of August He reports that it was only because he called out the policeman's number that the man was dissuaded from the violence he had so clearly intended.
He said that he was later abused by a gang of policemen showing clear signs of intoxication in the yard of the police station at College Green where he went to make his complaint, and that their officers had no control over their behaviour.
Inon the outbreak of World War ISheehy Skeffington campaigned against recruitment and was jailed for six months. She accepted the challenge in an open letter published in James Connolly 's newspaper, The Workers' Republic.
Richard Ellman, the eminent biographer of James Joyce, passes on such a caricature when he writes that Sheehy Skeffington "died at the hands of the British After he had also supported his friend Thomas MacDonagh's more separatist Irish Volunteers ; however he grew increasingly critical of the Volunteers' growing militarism, and in an open letter to MacDonagh published in in his own paper The Irish CitizenSheehy Skeffington wrote: In contrast, on the first day of the rising Monday 24 April Francis risked crossfire to go to the aid of an English soldier outside Dublin Castle.
He learned that a British officer had been gravely wounded and was bleeding to death on the cobblestones outside the Castle gate. My husband persuaded a bystander to go with him to the rescue. Together they ran across the square under a hail of fire.
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