Pictured at right is Paul Vincent Carroll, born in Dundalk, County Louth. He was a friend of my parents, Michael and Lilian (Power) Quinlan, when they were all members and actors of The Dundalk Drama Society in the early 1930s. Paul's best known play was "Shadow and Substance," which won him The Casement Award and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1937. Although the ink is a bit hard to read in this photo, taken at The Algonquin Hotel, it was inscribed to my Dad when the Dundalk group won a national theater award for their production of "Professor Tim." My Dad directed the play.
A bit more history here: Some of you may know that Joan Burton was just elected as Ireland's first woman to head up the Labour Party. I just discovered that Joan is married to Pat Carroll - grandnephew of Paul Vincent Carroll. I plan on seeing them both and bringing this picture to Pat when I am in Dublin in September! Another testament to the three degrees of separation - especially with the Irish.