Flann O'brien

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‘The writer said Conor McGregor had grown up in “the Gaelic speaking, council estate badlands of Tallaght, south of Dublin”.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

What a tragedy that Myles na gCopaleen, late of this parish, was not around to read the Sunday Times last weekend.  His heart would surely have s(...)

Storm Ophelia passing Porthcawl in Wales. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

1. The wind that shakes the barley. 2. The wind that shakes everything else, but leaves Teresa Mannion heroically upright. 3. Wind that’s misspelt(...)

Eamon Morrissey as the “Minister for Hardship”

Sadness at Liam Cosgrave’s death this week was accompanied, in my case, by a vague feeling of guilt. This was because it brought back 40-year-old memo(...)

The Marquis de Favra

Reading the preface of a new book about Flann O’Brien this week, I was reminded of a famous comment by another Irish newspaper columnist of old, Con H(...)

From the David and Edward O’Kane exhibition at the Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg last July  From the David and Edward O’Kane exhibition at the Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg last July

It is sometimes said by those who claim to know such things that Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman reads like the work of a man who has been droppin(...)

George “AE” Russell: ‘Self-Portrait’ (1923)

Although renowned as a poet and mystic, George “AE” Russell had a strongly practical side too. Some of his life’s best work was done via a day job wit(...)

The Festung Hohensalzburg

Whether they realised it or not, delegates to the Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg this week were following in the footsteps of a 10th-century Iri(...)

Kurt Palm: has directed only full-length film version of a Flann O’Brien novel

There’s an irony in the fact that the only full-length film version of a Flann O’Brien novel made to date is in German, because the Germans were also (...)

David O’Kane’s poster, inspired by the ‘The Third Policeman’, at the International Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg

On a rare outing from his Irish Times column, in 1954, Myles na Gopaleen (he had by then dropped the eclipsis) wrote a short story for The Bell magazi(...)

A sign at the rear of Rathmines Post Office in Dublin

While writing about Kilcock and the Old Bog Road earlier this week, it seems I neglected to mention an even greater infrastructural wonder in that Kil(...)

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