Category: Irish Literature

Brian Friel, 1929 – 2015

Brian Friel died yesterday aged 86. Often called the Irish Chekhov, it is fair to say that his death is a loss not just to Ireland but to the world. He may only have written about Ireland, but what he wrote was universal as he constantly explored the boundaries between the past and the present,…

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The Ginger Man turns 60!

This month, JP Donleavy’s picaresque classic The Ginger Man turns 60! Since its first publication in 1955 over 40 million copies of the novel have been sold and to celebrate this milestone, The Lilliput Press have issued a new hardback edition with a foreward by none other than Johnny Depp, who has been a longtime…

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Yeats Day 2015

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s greatest poet, WB Yeats, who was born on this day in 1865. A host of events are taking place worldwide to mark this important year and you can check them out at the Yeats 2015 website. Here is my favourite Yeats poem. What one would you read today?…

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