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Journey's End

For the past eight months I have read nothing but Irish writing and literature, in all its shapes and forms. It has been an interesting experience. 3,289 more words

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No paddies

As human beings we are prisoners to the past and aspirants to the future, yet though we live in the present we rarely spend much time there. 298 more words

Political Comment

Loving Leitrim

I recently attended a presentation by Dr. Heather Laird on the topic of Irish writer, John McGahern. Dr. Laird discussed McGahern’s work in the context of the post revolutionary Catholic Ireland of his youth and the subsequent more evolved Ireland of the neo-liberal period. 497 more words

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Sunday Quotes - Irish Authors On Being Irish

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

Edna O’Brien

There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful. 149 more words

The Terrible Beauty of Ireland Captured

In honor of all things Irish with St. Patrick’s day approaching, selected a book by John McGahern, hailed as “one of Ireland’s most stupendous prose stylists” (The Independent).   481 more words

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