O’Hegarty was a huge admirer of William Butler Yeats. As an avid collector of his poetry and plays, he also supported Yeats’ work for the Abbey Theatre and his opposition to censorship. O’Hegarty’s daughter, Grainne, went on to marry Yeats’ son Michael, and at the death of Yeats, O’Hegarty wrote lengthy and affectionate letters to Elizabeth Yeats consoling the loss of her great husband. In his eulogy of the poet he wrote, ‘(Yeats’) poetry was fulfilling one of the best tasks of poetry, it was speaking out of the people and to the people, filling them with pride and determination’ (F. Flanagan, Remembering the Revolution: Dissent, Culture, and Nationalism in the Irish Free State (2015)
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