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The Veiled Woman of Achill

Feb 12, 2012 | Comments Off on The Veiled Woman of Achill

I have been absent from this blog while getting the book over the finish line. The Veiled Woman of Achill will be published by the Collins Press in April. There will be a launch in my home city of Limerick in late April and a launch / reading at the Valley House, Achill in early May.

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Literary Mayo and A Half-Dozen Texts

Jun 2, 2011 | Comments Off on Literary Mayo and A Half-Dozen Texts

It looks like good weather for the holiday weekend in Ireland. Time for breaks and trips. I like to link text and place when travelling. As I’m heading off to County Mayo, I thought I would pull together – in a fairly random way – some of my favourite texts linked to some wonderful Mayo…

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Peering At Their Majesties Through An Irish Mist

May 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Peering At Their Majesties Through An Irish Mist

  I caught a glimpse of  Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip this week on O’Connell Bridge. Like many others I was a captive in Dublin’s south side, unable to cross the Liffey and pestering the Gardai about when the bridge would be reopening. Then Their Majesties just passed by in an armoured car, waving through the dark glass at the…

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A Story Has No Beginning Or End

May 3, 2011 |

  ‘A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.’  This is how Graham Greene started his novel The End of the Affair – a book that was published sixty years ago, in 1951. The event was marked in…

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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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‘The Bog Road’ Auctioned – A Literary Painter Recalled

Oct 17, 2010 |

Paul Henry’s ‘The Bog Road’ was sold at auction during the week to an anonymous bidder a century after the artist arrived on Achill Island, the setting for the painting, and stayed on and off for almost a decade, endlessly absorbed with the colour and variety of the island’s cloud formations. Henry had a fascination with writing and…

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Man of Achill at Parliament Gate

Oct 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Man of Achill at Parliament Gate

Christy Moore’s song ‘Lisdoonvarna’ made The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry in a week that was disturbing and surreal. We tried to get our heads and imaginations around 50 billion – the cost of bailing out Irish banks. We said  fifty thousand million very slowly but that didn’t seem to make it any more real, just more frightening. And…

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