Tag Archives: Ireland

Hear Dublin Roar

Metallica singing “Whiskey in the Jar” to a jumping thrashing crowd in Dublin. Mad hat tip to Thin Lizzy. Listen to that crowd singing in unison.

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Music Can Save Your Mortal Soul

Jean, Me, Irishman (“Baldie”), and firetruck in background, Dublin The boys my sisters and I met in Donnybrook decided to take us to a place called Rio’s. Brian was the ringleader. We left the huge pub in Donnybrook en masse, … Continue reading

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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 and terrorist, was born on this day, in Dublin, in 1923. He led a … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice: “Nobody Knows, Love.”

The winter solstice always makes me think of Newgrange, a place I have been to numerous times (I have a picture on my fridge of me and Jean at Newgrange, taken by Siobhan): Newgrange is a passage tomb north of … 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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The Books: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’N’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’Roll; “Astral Weeks”, by Lester Bangs

Next up on the essays shelf: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung: The Work of a Legendary Critic: Rock’N’Roll as Literature and Literature as Rock ‘N’Roll, by Lester Bangs Been having a wonderful discussion on Facebook about Lester Bangs (I do … Continue reading

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Seamus Heaney: “linguistic resuscitation”

I love this piece on Seamus Heaney by Sven Birkets. Read the whole thing, the ending made me weep on this dark snowy morning. But here is an excerpt. Auden wrote of the moment of Yeats’s death that ‘he became … Continue reading

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The Snow Is General

An oldie. It’s snowing. Therefore. How on earth it was possible to get so lost in the middle of Dublin, I will never know. The city is not unfamiliar to me, but somehow, at 11 p.m. on that November night, … Continue reading

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“Man Is Least Himself When He Talks In His Own Person. Give Him a Mask and He Will Tell You the Truth.”

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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R.I.P. Seamus Heaney

Jean and I went to visit Siobhan in Ireland. Siobhan was in school, so Jean and I rented a car and drove across the country to Galway, and other Western points. On the way, we pulled off the road to … Continue reading

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