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The quare fellow 50 years on

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Fifty years ago this week Dublin saw one of its biggest displays of public mourning since the assassination of Collins and the death of Parnell. In great numbers citizens thronged the streets to salute one of their own, a son of Russell Street and Crumlin who gave their city what might be regarded as one of its best known and loved anthems, The Auld Triangle .

That song like the work for stage and page which achieved for Brendan Behanhis ranking among our great writers, was born out of the central experience that formed him as a writer and shaped so much of his work – his prison terms for republican activity. His two greatest works, The Quare Fellow and the autobiographical Borstal Boy , drew vividly from those penal experiences and made him one of the truest voices in “prison literature”. They also share Behan’s outstanding quality as a dramatist and prose writer: his ability to blend those twin components of great writing, tragedy and comedy, the humorous and humane.

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The Irish Literary Times

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The Irish Literary Times provides up-to-date coverage of Irish literary news and events in a magazine format via articles available online.

 

The site is curated by Gerard Beirne an Irish poet and novelist now living in Canada. His new novel is Charlie Tallulah (Oberon Press). His most recent collection of poetry is Games of Chance:A Gambler`s Manual (Oberon Press). His novel The Eskimo in the Net (Marion Boyars Publishers) was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award and was selected by the Literary Editor of the Daily Express  as his Book of the Year “scandalously ignored by the Man Booker judges...”.

 

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Culture Shock: Putting women’s writing on the wall

Culture Shock: Putting women’s writing on the wall | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
‘The Irish Times’ is publishing a poster of Irish women writers as a rebuke to the familiar men-only Irish Writers version. It’s a joke with a serious point
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In praise of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, by Theo Dorgan

In praise of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, by Theo Dorgan | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish Women Writers: ‘Fearless and daring, her well-loved voice is a steadying force and a challenge as we strive to make sense of the chaos that is life in our times’
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In praise of Mia Gallagher, by Anne Gildea

In praise of Mia Gallagher, by Anne Gildea | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish Women Writers: ‘Mia is the real deal, one history will remember’
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Irish Pages Seamus Heaney Memorial

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Chris Agee, editor of the journal for contemporary writing, introduces the current issue and shares an original poem by Kerry Hardie
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Dervla Murphy: 'Once travellers shared opinions and experiences - now they queue silently to use a computer'

Dervla Murphy: 'Once travellers shared opinions and experiences - now they queue silently to use a computer' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Michael Kerr meets the Irish writer Dervla Murphy, whose new book could mark the end of her travels
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IR Seamus Heaney Podcasts with Sinead Morrissey

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The Irish Review 49-50 is a special double issue on the work and legacy of Seamus Heaney. In three new podcasts we talk to three contributors to the special issue: Sinéad Morrissey, Rosie Lavan and...
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Free Online Stanford Course by Eavan Boland:Ten Premodern Poems by Women

Free Online Stanford Course by Eavan Boland:Ten Premodern Poems by Women | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Professor Eavan Boland provides an introduction to poetry through the works, and the life stories, of ten women.
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Yeats Country: 17 photos of Sligo and Leitrim that are pure poetry

Yeats Country: 17 photos of Sligo and Leitrim that are pure poetry | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The desolate landscapes of Sligo and Leitrim aren't just a fitting subject for poetry, as Colin Gillen's photographs show.
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Listen: Feb 20th 1794 -The birth of Irish writer William Carleton

Sort of historian, sort of broadcaster.
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Slender – Theatre Upstairs – Review

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Slender written by Shane O’Regan – Review by Frank L.
Set deep in a forest somewhere in Ireland a young couple, Alex (Stephen O’Leary) and Rachael (Hilary Bowen-Walsh), are on a weekend break in a nearby hotel.
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Some Strange Moon-Henessy New Irish Writing

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Henessy New Irish Writing: A climb into a mountainous South African landscape triggers memories and questions for a father and daughter. But why are there so many butterflies, and where are they going?
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In praise of Elizabeth Bowen, by Derek Hand

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Irish Women Writers: ‘Bowen’s writing exposes the arduousness of being modern. Her art is typified by a linguistic poise echoing her characters’ desire to manage emotion’
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In praise of Claire Keegan, by John Kelly

In praise of Claire Keegan, by John Kelly | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Irish Women Writers: ‘Her stories are original, sometimes shocking and always spot-on in the smallest of details. The sheer skill on display (and indeed hidden from display) is breathtaking’
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A poem for Ireland, poetry for everyone

A poem for Ireland, poetry for everyone | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The countdown is on to find Ireland’s favourite Irish poem, so we’ve asked a selection of writers and readers to tell us their favourite few lines of verse, and to nominate which poem they think is best from RTÉ’s A Poem for Ireland shortlist
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Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

Paula Meehan: the poet at 60 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The Hennessy Hall of Fame poet looks back on her childhood and the path that led her to ‘stand up for the word’
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Temperatures soar in Durcan's love poem to the weather women

Temperatures soar in Durcan's love poem to the weather women | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
The country's most popular contemporary poet, Paul Durcan, is to release a new collection which will have Met Éireann's weather women blushing.
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President Higgins pays tribute to Desmond O'Grady - Limerick Leader

President Higgins pays tribute to Desmond O'Grady - Limerick Leader | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins paid tribute to Limerick poet Desmond O’Grady as “great, warm and wonderful” as he unveiled a plaque in his honour.
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Renowned Stanford poet Eavan Boland interrogates identity and nationhood in new collection

Renowned Stanford poet Eavan Boland interrogates identity and nationhood in new collection | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
In her latest book of poetry, A Woman Without a Country, English Professor Eavan Boland draws on decades of thinking, reading and writing about subjects like nation and gender to help give voice to those who have been silenced in the official record of history.
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When Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats Ate a Peacock - The New Yorker

When Ezra Pound and W.B. Yeats Ate a Peacock - The New Yorker | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

In 1914, Pound and Yeats had dinner with “the last of the great Victorians.” The main course: a roast peacock, arranged on a tray beside its full plumage.

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In praise of Mary Beckett, by Carlo Gébler - Irish Times

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Irish Women Writers series: ‘The stories are mostly about women in Belfast and they are all marvels – simple, pure, piercing and true’
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Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Receives Irish PEN Award 2015

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Receives Irish PEN Award 2015 | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
At a fabulous dinner at the the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dún Laoghaire, Éilís Ní Dhuibhne was presented with the Irish PEN Award by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Minister of State for New Communities, Equality and Culture.  Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s...
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