Edna O’Brien on Compass

Edna O’Brien on Compass

TV Programme Alert ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) TV last night featured an interview by Gay Byrne with Edna O’Brien. It’s riveting watching, as they clearly like and trust one another. She speaks from the heart about a compliant childhood troubled by fear of the nuns and of her parents, and of her own attempt to get … Continue reading

David Goodall:Peacemaker

The iconic image of of Bishop Edward Daly in Derry ‘negotiating’ a safe passage for Jackie Duddy, a victim of the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry on the 30th January 1972, resurfaced in the media on the occasion of the death of the Bishop recently. The image was a stark reminder of just how much … Continue reading

Casements flock to play about their great uncle

Casements flock to play about their great uncle

  Brian Gillespie’s new play, Convicted on a Comma: The Trial of Roger Casement generated a deal of interestand many new patrons for Bloomsday. Among them were a couple who identified themselves as relatives. When a second couple did the same, it was assumed that parties were talking about the original family members, so it … Continue reading

1916 in Dublin 2016.

1916 in Dublin 2016.

A Traveller’s Tale by Historian, Dianne Hall April 2016 was a great time to be visiting Dublin, not only was the weather good, but the energy and enthusiasm in commemorating the events of the 1916 Rising was infectious. While I was not in town for the official events at Easter, I was standing outside the … Continue reading

Dánta le Colin Ryan :Poems from Colin Ryan

Ó thuiscint Rinne sí a cuid féin den chathair áit nárbh fhéidir a aithint thar chathracha eile: an tsráid shalach fhada seanduine dúr le madra: anseo a scríobhfadh sí scéal nó a feartlaoi féin: ach chonaic sí uaithi líonra suaite éan ina scriobláil spéire: focal a bhí ag dul ó thuiscint an focal ba cheart … Continue reading

One Bold Act of Treason

BOOK REVIEW by Brian Gillespie Angus Mitchell (ed.): One Bold Deed of Open Treason: The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement  1914-1916. Dublin, Merrion Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78537-056-4 (p.b.); 978178537-057-1 (h.b.) RRP: €17.50–€45.00 This book is a terrific insight into Roger Casement’s eighteen month stay in Germany from 1914-16. Taken directly from his diaries and superbly put together by … Continue reading

HEANEY’S HOUSE

HEANEY’S HOUSE

A RECOLLECTION  by Danny Cusack Reproduced with permission from The Journal, the Australian Irish Heritage Association (WA) quarterly. In the summer of 1985, soon after my first move to Ireland, I attended the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL) conference in Belfast. On the closing day a small man in his mid-60s came over … Continue reading