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Ireland = Eire + Ulster

A tourist walks into a Dublin pub looking for directions and encounters Ding Dong Denny O’Reilly at the bar. Ding Dong insists on telling him the “real” history of Ireland over a number of pints. From the Normans to the Famine to 1916 and the sex shops of O’Connell Street, […]

Angela’s Ashes [excerpts]

1930 – 2009

Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn — he would later, much later, memorably describe the scene of his conception in his memoir — but he grew up in Ireland. His parents were both Irish immigrants, and they moved back there, to Limerick, in an effort to stay […]

James Joyce

¤ James Joyce [1882 – 1941]

‘The Dead’ [“DUBLINERS”] – Gabriel Conroy attends a party, and later, as he speaks with his wife, has an epiphany about the nature of life and death.

At 15–16,000 words this story, closing the short-story cycle ‘Dubliners’, has also been classified as a novella. […]

Frank O’Connor

Pseudonym of Michael O’Donovan [1903-1966], playwright, novelist, and short-story writer

⇒Interview⇐[1957]

¤ “First Confession” ⇓

All the trouble began when my grandfather died and my grand-mother – my father’s mother – came to live with us. Relations in the one house are a […]

Dracula [B Stoker]

[1847 – 1912]

• Click pic for Bram Stoker‘s book →

•→ Listen ←

Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F.W. Murnau‘s chilling and eerie adaption of Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal […]

W. B. Yeats

♣ William Butler Yeats ⇐[1865-1939] ⇓ ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’←[song]

•→ ‘The Salley Gardens’ (arranged by Benjamin Britten); voice = Yves Saelens←

⇓ “A Drinking Song“←

WINE comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth […]

Two 20th-century playwrights

¤ George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Irish dramatist, literary critic, a socialist spokesman, and a leading figure in the 20th century theater. Shaw was a freethinker, a supporter of women’s rights and an advocate of equality of income. In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Shaw accepted the […]

Oscar Wilde . . .

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” [1854 – 1900] “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” ♥ The Happy Prince ←

Click title ↑ or read on the screen. Choose the layout that you like better. The image with the heart and the sparrow hides another link for Oscar Wilde’s tale →

There […]

Tomás Ó Cárthaigh + Seamus Heaney

Born in Ballinasloe in County Galway, Ireland, Tomás Ó Cárthaigh grew up in Offaly and currently lives and works in Tullamore in the north of Co. Offaly. Writing for Tomás is a passion, he was the winner of the Readings from the Pallet festival in Banagher in 2010, and also featured at the […]

The Chieftains + Van Morrison

¤ The Chieftains

The Irish band, which hasn’t stopped playing music since 1962, holds the record for being the artists who have toured the world more extensively: they’ve played countries which few people bother to visit. They also have the record for being the band which has played with […]

Lisa Hannigan + Dolores Keane

¤ Lisa Hannigan

Lisa Margaret Hannigan (born 12 February 1981) is an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. She began her musical career as a member of Damien Rice‘s band. Since beginning her solo career in 2007 she has released two albums: Sea Sew (2008) and Passenger (2011).

↓ ‘What’ll I […]