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'Crossing the Iron Bridge' by Michael Hartnett

The Iron Bridge referred to here is a commemorative footbridge spanning the Arra River. it has been used for generations to facilitate Mass goers making their way on foot to the parish church in Newcastle West from Maiden Street and in more recent times from Assumpta Park, via The Mass Steps. 1,418 more words


Writing News: New Fiction in Crannóg 47, Spring 2018

I’m delighted to have a new story – ‘Thirty-Five-A-Night’ – in the Spring 2018 edition of the brilliant Crannóg. 

Head over to Crannóg website to order… 52 more words

Writing News

The Honest Ulsterman

I have a poem, Pirate Days, published in the latest edition of The Honest Ulsterman

PUBLISHED 15/02/2018


James Meredith

Somerville and Ross have a laugh

Two Irish Girls in Bohemia by Julie Anne Stevens

Dublin academic Julie Anne Stevens is an expert on the great Irish writing duo Edith Somerville and her cousin, Violet Martin – who wrote under the pseudonym, Martin Ross. 693 more words

Book Reviews

Stephen Dedalus and Sex

James Joyce traces Stephen’s sexual development with great care in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.  As an infant Stephen is aware that his mother smells nicer than his father does. 981 more words

Leaving Cert English

James Joyce's use of Humour and Irony in 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'

Irish writers are often noted both for their irony and for their humour, and Joyce uses a great deal of comic irony in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 909 more words

Leaving Cert English

Why Does Stephen Dedalus Choose Exile from his Native Land?

Stephen chooses exile from his native land mainly because of his growing disenchantment with Irish society on many levels.  Indeed, his final decision to fly the nets which are impeding his development as an artist is achieved following a series of struggles with authority from which he ultimately decides to flee.  913 more words

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