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Favorite Films: Stagecoach (1939)

Until John Ford filmed Stagecoach in 1939, the Western was in sad shape as a genre. There was a lot of galloping horses chasing other galloping horses. 381 more words

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Video Clips Worth Watching: Wayne v. Marvin

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), perhaps the greatest of Westerns, contains this gem of a scene with John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jimmy Stewart, Strother Marvin, Lee Van Cleef and Woody Strode.  149 more words

#OTD in 1964 – Death of nationalist, novelist and author of the original story of 'The Quiet Man', Maurice Walsh, in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Maurice Walsh was born in Ballydonoghue, near Listowel, Co Kerry, and is best known for the short story The Quiet Man which was later made into an Oscar-winning movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. 144 more words

Irish History

#OTD in 1896 – Birth of stage and film actor, Arthur Shields (younger brother of Barry Fitzgerald), in Portobello, Co Dublin.

While Sean Connolly claimed the unfortunate title of being the first rebel fatality, others were luckier and escaped from Easter Week, 1916 with their lives. For Arthur Shields, his role in the Rising was to become merely an interesting titbit in what was a fascinating career as an actor at home and in the US. 1,019 more words

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I Grew Up

I grew up
with chocolate covered
Cocoa Puff dreams
of happily ever after,
and I believed it.

When I grew up,
there was no war. 395 more words

Wandering Around Without Roots

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