Adrian Dunbar and Pauline Hutton in the Lyric Theatre production of Brendan at the Chelsea. Photograph: Steffan Hill, hulton/getty

Adrian Dunbar’s favourite Brendan Behan anecdote involves Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Brian O’Nolan standing outside Neary’s pub in Dublin in the pour(...)

Most of the material collected in The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien is not, in any sense, new. But for many readers, familiar only with his novels an(...)

‘Flann O’Brien was reportedly tickled to discover that his hoax had got as far as the James Joyce Yearbook, though he had no idea how this had happened.’
An alleged hoax
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  • April 16, 2013, 06:00

In a recent Irishman’s Diary Frank McNally wrote about Brian O’Nolan’s (Flann O’Brien’s) role as secretary of the commission which produced a n(...)

Artist Micheál Ó Nualláin at his home on Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Why should it matter who lived in a house before you? If memories and atmospheres are as easy to clear out as carpets, curtains and light fitti(...)