Posted in February 2019

From the papers

Tim Winton reviewed in the Irish Independent According to, Tim Winton wrote his Booker-shortlisted novel Cloudstreet while living in the lodge house at Leap Castle in Co Offaly. In his latest book The Shepherd’s Hut Winton introduces us to an Irishman named Fintan MacGillis, a mixture of old-style hermit and modern-day defrocked priest, living … Continue reading

There’s a new world out there

Book review by Frank O’Shea Sally Rooney. Normal People. faber & faber 2018. 266 pp ISBN: 978-0-571-34729-2 RRP:  $29.99 This novel was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and won the 2019 Costa Novel Award. Although it has won wide praise from reviewers, it is not entirely clear what all the admiration is about. At times … Continue reading

Edward Eagar, Forger and Emancipist

A Feature by Mike Pinnock Edward Eagar was one of ten children born into a family of landed gentry on his parent’s estate of Gortdromakiery in the parish of Killarney, County Kerry in 1787. He benefitted from a privileged upbringing; he was, from an early age, privately tutored on the estate by his father before … Continue reading