Tag Archives: Dublin

Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve added to this list. I still want to do a Non-Fiction one, eventually, but … you know … time permitting. Some authors are represented multiple times here. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. Don’t read … Continue reading

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Diary Friday: “I was getting worried because the big Eurovision song contest was on tonight at 8:00 and I didn’t want to miss it.”

This is a re-post. I thought, in honor of all the Joyce posts recently, I thought I’d go back and find a Diary Friday entry that had to do with Dublin. Sadly, it’s a mortifying experience to read as well … Continue reading

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On Joyce: “I just assumed he was someone they knew”

Actress Fionnula Flanagan says: Like James Joyce, I was born and raised in Dublin. Those years of the grey post-war fifties, seem to me now, looking back, to have been a time when Dublin was cobwebbed, as it were, by … Continue reading

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Giving Dublin to the world

“When you remember that Dublin has been a capital for thousands of years, that it is the ‘second’ city of the British Empire, that it is nearly three times as big as Venice it seems strange that no artist has … Continue reading

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James Joyce on The Dubliner

James Joyce: “Dubliners, strictly speaking, are my fellow-countrymen, but I don’t care to speak of our ‘dear dirty Dublin’ as they do. Dubliners are the most hopeless, useless and inconsistent race of charlatans I have ever come across, on the … Continue reading

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Losing in Ireland

The doors of the crazy Donnybrook pub burst open, letting in at least twenty ravaging guys, coming from the rugby game. I stand beside one of them at the bar, waiting for the harassed bartender to take notice of us. … Continue reading

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The Ice Bar: Ronan Mullen Comments On My Essay

My piece on the Ice Bar in Dublin was the launching point for this essay in the Irish Examiner. (Thanks for the heads up, peteb!) The writer, Ronan Mullen writes: Ms O’Malley is keen to let us know that she … Continue reading

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“a picture of Dublin so complete”

James Joyce: I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.

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George Bernard Shaw: “to me it is all hideously real”

A famous letter from Shaw to publisher Sylvia Beach: “To you possibly Ulysses may appeal as art; you are probably (you see I don’t know you) a young barbarian beglamoured by the excitements and enthusiasms that art stirs up in … Continue reading

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Today in history: The Easter Rising, 1916

The Easter Rising, in Dublin, 1916. (Read the text here. I’m a geek – I have that thing framed, on my wall.) All men who signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic were executed. I want to post William Butler … Continue reading

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