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The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín

We had a good turnout for our discussion of this collection of short stories from the Irish writer, Colm Tóibín, probably best known for his novel, … 407 more words

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Squashing the Guilt

Last month was the first month in 2 years, that I didn’t manage to get a blog piece out. As soon as May passed, guilt covered me like prickly sunburn, that I hadn’t succeeded in this monthly self-set goal. 851 more words


Aran Colours at Midnight ©

There’s a blue light at midnight when we’re rambling home and the moon bright is our guide on this long stony road. It’s a long stroll and tiring at this time of night, but our mouths they’ve got songs, so It’s alright on the night… The front light’s been left on until we’re in from the cold, the warm fire is firing to take the road from your toes. 422 more words

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Analysis of 'The Harvest Bow' by Seamus Heaney


The Harvest Bow

                                                  by Seamus Heaney

As you plaited the harvest bow
You implicated the mellowed silence in you
In wheat that does not rust… 1,042 more words


Island Rain©

In Ireland it rains a lot. Even in Summer? Especially in summer. So one June day on the Aran Islands, peeking out the window at the pouring rain… I wrote a sort of song / poem about how the rainy day on Aran made me feel and here’s the words…. 260 more words

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Putting the “Wild” Back in the Oscar Wilde Centre

With the appointment of enigmatic novelist Ian Sansom as Director, the centre looks set to tackle new areas of literary criticism and writing.

The appointment of novelist and critic Ian Sansom as Director of Trinity’s Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing in March was emblematic of the centre’s focus on celebrating literature and those who create it. 1,381 more words

'Asking For It', by Louise O' Neill

In reviewing this book, I realize I am late to the party. It was published last August and has sparked many debates on the pervasive grey areas of consent, ‘promiscuity’ and the legal system. 1,096 more words