Patricia’s Blog


A Walk with Yeats on Cave Hill

Mar 6, 2011 |

  Catherine Morris is curator of the National Library of Ireland exhibition Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival  at Kildare Street, Dublin. Next Tuesday she will present a guided tour of the exhibition dealing with the life of an intriguing woman. Alice Milligan (1866-1953), from the Northern Ireland Protestant Unionist tradition, put Northern Ireland at the centre of…

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Anne Robinson, My Life in Books – Disappointing

Feb 22, 2011 |

Anne Robinson hosts My Life in Books. Ten episodes on BBC Two in the run-up to World Book Day. There is an episode each weekday evening this week at 6.30. I got myself organised for the first of these last evening, with author PD James and (55 years her junior)  radio presenter Richard Bacon. This programme was a…

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A Literary Canter Around Achill Island

Feb 20, 2011 | Comments Off on A Literary Canter Around Achill Island

I was back In Achill recently when the wind roared and the Atlantic churned and the mist hid the outlines of Slievemore. I did a quick car tour of some literary haunts. Between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries writers and visual artists flocked to Achill, helped by the extension of the railway line to the…

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What is Poetry?

Feb 18, 2011 | Mary O’Donnell’s piece from the recently launched provides an insightful perspective from a practitioner into what poetry is and what poetry is not.   Mary O’Donnell: What Poetry Is

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Literary Gems among The Moderns

Feb 15, 2011 |

  I made it on the very last day. The Moderns – the major exhibition of the Arts in Ireland in the 20th century at Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Arts (IMMA). It covered modernity in Ireland from the 1900s to the 1970s through the visual arts mainly, but with photographers, film-makers, composers, architects, designers –…

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Happy Valentine

Feb 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Happy Valentine

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Dublin Doubles – A Book Club Take on Neil Jordan’s Mistaken

Feb 10, 2011 | Comments Off on Dublin Doubles – A Book Club Take on Neil Jordan’s Mistaken

Neil Jordan’s new novel Mistaken is about two Dubliners, Kevin and Gerard, who spend their lives being mistaken for one another.  A mix of thriller and gothic genres, it is Neil Jordan’s first novel in six years. You can see Neil Jordan talk about his work on TV3 here. All the Kyleglass Book Worms agree that the book…

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A Nostalgic Goodbye to Waterstones, Dawson Street

Feb 6, 2011 |

Goodbye, Waterstones, Dawson Street branch « The Anti-Room. Antonia Hart’s piece on The Anti-Room Blog about Waterstones of Dawson Street, which closes its doors today for the last time, expresses the feelings of many. I will miss the browsing, followed by musing in the Reader’s Cafe and then more browsing. A perfect spot for literary rejuvenation is now no…

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Tracing Forgotten Pathways on a Mayo Landscape

Feb 1, 2011 |

Oral History and Dinnsheanchas: Tracing Old Routes Across Mayo | The Irish Story. This is my review – just published on The Irish Story online site – of the En Route Public Art Project by artist Aileen Lambert. The project traces the place lore of pathways that criss-cross the landscape where I grew up and rambled in the East…

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Beautiful Burren Beyond Compare – Sarah Poyntz Final Diary

Jan 30, 2011 |

Columnist who gave her readers glimpse of the Burren calls it a day – The Irish Times – Fri, Jan 28, 2011. Sarah Poyntz’s essay gems in The Guardian’s Country Diary have come to an end. Her subject was the Burren, a place where I love to ramble and ruminate. In her final contribution she…

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