Pól Ó Lorcáin
Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Sisyphus, John Lennon and the death of architect and mate Brian Anson

Apart from the working class males who suffer this excruciating condition, does anyone really understand what it is to be sensitive, working class and male?

Rebel architect Brian Anson (suaimhneas Dé ar a anam) has been cremated today (25/11/09) in Milhac, a village in the beautiful Dordogne region of France. Brian came from an extremely poor background in Liverpool but from an early age showed a talent for drawing and putting things together, that made architecture an obvious option. Obvious that is if you are comfortably off, you went to the right school and mammy and daddy have the right connections. Not so obvious, indeed a route of torture, if you are from a poor background and quite obviously from a poor background in terms of your appearance. White middle and upper class people can smell proletarian physiognomy coming at them at a thousand paces and it terrifies them.

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Ibsen the incendiary, unrepentant, insurgent humanist

This essay was first published (and beautifully edited) by Greg Baxter at Some Blind Alleys


During the summer, I completed a new literary translation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for Dublin’s Secondage Theatre Company. As far as I am aware, the last Irish person to translate Ibsen into English was James Joyce. Thus I stand on hallowed ground and bow my head in deference to these two giants.

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House signalled a seismic artistic shift, not only in the history of theatre, but also in the world of literary and political discourse. The first ever production of A Doll’s House was staged in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre in December 1879, and when, at the end of the play, Nora Helmer quietly closed the gate on her old life as an apparently solidly bourgeois and respectable housewife, nothing would ever be the same again. Léigh an t-alt uilig - Read Full Article....

Buaiteoir Chorn Uí Riada 2009 - Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde

An Óg-Tuathánach

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