Tag Archives: Ireland

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

My sister Jean and me, in Dublin, the night the fuse blew at the disco, and all the lights went out, and all of the disco patrons had to stand out on the street while Irish firemen and garda ran … Continue reading

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The Night Elvis Sang at the Theatre Royal in Dublin

March 3, 1960, Prestwick Airport, Scotland. Elvis Presley signing autographs. The plane had stopped to refuel on its way back to the United States. This was the only time Elvis set foot on the British Isles. Éanna Brophy, a retired … Continue reading

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“If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks.” – Happy Birthday, Brendan Behan

“Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in.” – Brendan Behan Brendan Behan, Irish playwright, IRA man, criminal, was born on this day, in Dublin, in 1923. He led … Continue reading

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“But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you.” – Happy Birthday, Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary, feminist, radical, and lifelong poetic muse of William Butler Yeats, was born on December 20 in 1865. She married John MacBride (after a couple of notorious affairs and illegitimate children). John MacBride was an Irish nationalist … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Swift

“[He is] the most vigorous hater we’ve ever had in our literature.” — Edgell Rickword on Jonathan Swift Primarily known for Gulliver’s Travels (here’s my post about it) and A Modest Proposal he was also a poet of uncommon gifts. … Continue reading

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“It Is Absurd To Divide People Into Good and Bad. People Are Either Charming or Tedious.”

So said Oscar Wilde, whose birthday it is today. His mother, Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde (aka Lady Wilde, aka “Speranza”) was an incredible woman in the canon of Irish literary history certainly, not to mention its politics and social upheaval. … Continue reading

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, which used to be a regular feature. — I went to the beach on Saturday to escape the mugginess, the stickiness, and because I am bogged down with two deadlines, … Continue reading

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“The Catechism of the Ithaca episode really helped me over there in Iraq.”

Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq reading from ULYSSES at Bloomsday celebration in downtown Manhattan, 2012. He said that while in Iraq he would read the Proteus episode over and over again. He said it helped give him … Continue reading

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Sing Street (2016)

I LOVE this movie. My review of Sing Street is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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The Easter Rising: 100 Years

Read the full text here. I have that framed on my wall. (I love that women are addressed directly, not just assumed to be included in the word “men”.) All of the men men who signed the Proclamation of the … Continue reading

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