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The Thrill of it All by Joseph O'Connor (Harvill Secker)

“My name is Robbie Goulding. I was once a musician. For five years in the 1980s I played guitar with The Ships.”

I gave my first copy to my daughter in New York who is into her music. 644 more words


Listen: The Late, Great Molly Keane

July 20th marked the 110th anniversary of the birth of Molly Keane, one of the sharpest, funniest novelists Ireland ever produced. Born into an Anglo-Irish family, Keane became a chronicler of the declining fortunes of her class, first under the pseudonym ‘M.J. 137 more words

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RTÉ Radio One: Francis MacManus Award

Ask most writers why they write and they’ll tell you they have little choice in the matter. It is an urge, a compulsion, to filter life through words, finding new ways to express things that often feel beyond language. 93 more words

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The Bohemyth, May 2014

On a recent trip to Amsterdam, I snapped this outdoor bookshop near Mueseumplein. Ain’t it grand? I could spend hours pottering about an Irish equivalent. Keep a few bin bags to throw over the shelves in case of rain and sure, you’d be away for road. 32 more words

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The South Circular Issue 9

The South Circular is a Dublin-based literary e-journal. Beautifully produced by a team who know their design as well as their writing (really, really well in both respects), I was delighted to be one of the authors featured in their ninth issue, which you can purchase… 53 more words

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May 1974

A herd of Fords and Massey Fergusons

Closed the bridge today

In broken ranks.

The big ones blattering clean

In party colours,

Shite still clinging to the muttering men… 112 more words


Two poems by Eileen Sheehan

My Father, Long Dead

My father, long dead,
has become air

Become scent
of pipe smoke, of turf smoke, of resin

Become light
and shade on the river… 245 more words