The massive 13-volume autobiography of Irish playwright and rebel Sean O'Casey serves as the source material for this film. Taylor is a young Irishman from a poor family. He spends his days digging ditches and his nights at political meetings and reading books. He eventually turns his
attention away from fighting the British to writing pamphlets against them. When a riot, sparked by a Taylor pamphlet, breaks out, Taylor meets Christie, a music hall dancer, and they enter into an affair. After a time he leaves her and takes up with Smith, the owner of a small bookshop Taylor
frequents. His plays are produced at the Abbey Theatre, and he comes to the attention of the...