Down by the Liffeyside: My grandfather wrote Amhrán na bhFiann

Book review: The best bit of Colbert Kearney’s memoir is about Peadar Kearney

Peadar Kearney: Colbert’s grandfather was the author of the Irish national anthem.

Peadar Kearney: Colbert’s grandfather was the author of the Irish national anthem.

“Misery memoir” has unfortunately become the standard genre for personal histories. Frank McCourt has a lot to answer for. Colbert Kearney’s affectionate account of his family background should, therefore come as a relief, for it is a “happiness memoir”.

In fact he remarks that “Con and Maisie [his parents] ensured that none of their children would ever be in a position to write a misery memoir.”

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