Travellers have been acknowledged as a distinct ethnic group within the Irish population.
I was expressing an interest in uilleann pipes and complained that the pipes are not well known and appreciated in Australia. They certainly are much admired in this house now.
For many in Ireland, ‘Around the Boree Log’ was our introduction to Australia.
Clive Probyn reads the Holyhead journal of 1727 as a turning point in his life.
Growing up with Yeats, and making the pilgrimage to find him.
Our Christmas Day, the day that Christ was born,
a full nine months from when the angel told
the blessed Virgin what she could expect.
Sebastian Barry continues his McNulty family saga while Frank Connolly recalls the Dublin bombs of 1974.
The story of Tom Keneally’s involvement in the Australian Republican Movement and of the many who supported a Republic from the foundation of Australian society.
Finally, I gently clasp the dragonfly’s wings
and release it at the backdoor to fly away.
Was it a lost soul of a relative
From long ago looking for our prayers?
The New York Times compared Towards Asmara to For Whom The Bell Tolls in its open support for an armed struggle – a big, debatable comparison.