Ryan became secretary of the Irish National Theatre Society in 1902. There he would create realistic satire with the play The Laying of the Foundations. He was a member of the Celtic Literature Society and frequently wrote on political issues.
Ryan joined James Connolly’s Irish Socialist Republican Party, and would become the national secretary of the Socialist Party of Ireland. He was also a member of the Young Irelanders branch of the United Irish League.
He lived in Cairo as editor of the Egyptian Standard, from 1907 to 1909, then was organiser for the Irish Socialist Party. He edited Wilfrid Scawen Blunt’s Egypt in London. He died in Blunt's house of appendicitis in 1913.
- Ryan Family 1911 Census Form
- Nicholas Allen, 'Ryan, Frederick Michael', in James McGuire and James Quinn (ed), Dictionary of Irish Biography, (Cambridge, 2009).
- Obituary (9 April 1913). "Frederick Ryan". The Irish Times. p. 7.
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