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

Colm Tóibín ’s Imperial Gloss on the Irish Famine

Colm Tóibín ’s Imperial Gloss on the Irish Famine


Before I go on to criticise Colm Tóibín , I should stress that I believe his writing can sometimes reach the heights of great literature. His book on Henry James (The Master, Picador, 2004) is indeed masterful and brings alive that great American storyteller like no other thing I have read on the author. In fact, it is so good that, whilst at a wedding in Rome recently, I sought out the Hotel d'Inghilterra, where Henry James stayed whilst playing his part in the Anglo American literary scene in that magnificent city; a scene that Tóibín describes evocatively and with great insight. Along with its literary ambience, the old world chic and ornate decoration in the hotel makes a visit a must for anyone who is in Rome.
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Irish barstaff victims of new Danish slave trade

Understandably – the non Danish speaking or understanding world would have missed the shocking report that I noticed yesterday, whilst browsing on-line Danish news and current affairs sites. The headline read - "Irske bartendere ofre for menneskehandel" (Irish barstaff victims of trade in people trafficking). The article had been posted on the authoritative Danish investigative blog site “Rokoko Posten” and can be read or viewed here -

Below I have translated the article for the benefit of readers to show just what happens to a lot of our young people who have been forced to leave our shores for no other reason than the rapacious ravages of capitalism in crisis. It serves as a warning that even an ostensibly pro Irish (indeed almost obsessively and neurotically pro Irish) country like allegedly civilised Denmark can quickly become a place of nightmares and oppression for the unwary Irish immigrant.
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