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December Girl - Review

December Girl is set in between Drogheda and London at the turn of the last century. This places is squarely in the historical fiction genre, one that I write in myself, but as it turns out rarely read! 381 more words

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Galway Shore

I  took a dream to the Galway docks. There floated: one curragh and two oarsmen, awaiting my arrival to land me ashore. It’s only dreams but dreams is how I go there mostly nowadays to feast eyes upon the colours of Quay Street and Claddagh. 396 more words

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Close Analysis of John McGahern's 'That They May Face the Rising Sun'

(For those of you who would like to revisit the novel in your own time all page references are from the Faber and Faber paperback edition.) 4,632 more words

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A Brief Analysis of Seamus Heaney's poem 'Death of a Naturalist'


 Death of a Naturalist

By Seamus Heaney

All year the flax-dam festered in the heart

Of the townland; green and heavy headed

Flax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods. 1,140 more words


James Joyce and Hardiman face the facts

Joyce in Court: James Joyce and the Law by Adrian Hardiman

The late Honourable Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, Supreme Court Judge, had completed a rough draft of this book when he died suddenly last year. 1,289 more words

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The Kller's Hand

This is chapter 1 of The Killer’s Hand, an unfinished novel of mine. I don’t recall why I didn’t finish it. I do remember that I didn’t plan anything in this book, I just started writing and tried to figure the story out as I went – something I never do. 2,625 more words


How the Irish teach us to die

My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach us to Live, Love and Die  by Kevin Toolis.

His legs bestrid the ocean.

It is astonishing that this line from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra does not appear in Kevin Toolis’s book, My Father’s Wake. 608 more words

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