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A Legacy of Myths

A Legacy of Myths

Book Review by James McCaughey Colm Toibin House of Names, Picador. May 2017 RRP: $29.99 h/b 261 pp ISBN: 978 1760 551421 The ancient Greeks have left us a legacy of myths. Some of them are still current – the stories of Oedipus or Antigone, for instance. Others, though less known, the story of Pygmalion say, have … Continue reading

Peacemaker or Murderer?

Peacemaker or Murderer?

This biography, written by one who is certainly no fawning acolyte of Adams, nevertheless adds to the understanding of one of the most important figures in peace in our time. Continue reading

ONLY NINETEEN

ONLY NINETEEN

Rosanna Flemming, an Irish Famine Orphan, had serious medical and psychological issues. It is not known what triggered them. We know that she lost at least two children in infancy, but perhaps her earlier experiences in Ireland played a part…. Continue reading

Mystic and Revolutionary

Mystic and Revolutionary

The strange phenomenon that was Joseph Mary Plunkett – invalid, bohemian, fey man of letters, theatrical spy, bookish military strategist, unrequited lover, very public lover, and ultimately executed revolutionary. Continue reading