Brian O Nolan

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Very rare pen sketch on the inside cover of lot 594, Life in the West of Ireland, Jack B Yeats

The private library of bibliophile John Wyse Jackson, who died suddenly on February 19th, 2020, will be auctioned by Purcell auctioneers in an online-(...)

 In the decades before the death penalty was abolished, an Irish government never managed to hire a native hangman

Of all the State’s failures in the century since independence, there is at least one from which we might take reasonable pride. In the decades before (...)

Myles na gCopaleen took a dim view of the Thomas Moore statue, “the terracotta monstrosity which dishonours the name of a decent little versifier”

At least under his own by-line, Myles na gCopaleen was suspiciously quiet during the great Irish Times letters row of 1947, as discussed here last wee(...)

Myles na gCopaleen: launched his literary career with fake letters to The  Irish Times

In the “Diary” column of the London Times on Thursday, there was a finely wrought pun that, while amusing, seemed oddly familiar. It involved the curr(...)

The statue of William Smith O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Not only does its inscription have two languages, it also has two meanings.

Writing about the statue of William Smith O’Brien earlier in the week, I neglected to mention what may be its most interesting feature, the bilingual (...)

2 Avoca Terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

It’s hard to pick the best feature of 2 Avoca Terrace in Blackrock, as this is a property that ticks a lot of boxes. Set in a terrace of just four ho(...)

The Arts Council has launched a policy on the fair remuneration of artists, the essence of which is well captured in the accompanying hashtag: #paytheartist. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Patrick Kavanagh spent much of his life in penury. Samuel Beckett resorted to translating articles for the French edition of the Reader’s Digest. Bria(...)

Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

Flann O’Brien: can we be friends?

Listen. I’ll tell you something about the best book in the world. The best book in the world is so good you can use it to refine your social life. Ta(...)

Crumbs from the table: Dinner in Mulberry Street is at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

THIRST (AND OTHER BITS OF FLANN) Abbey Theatre, Peacock stage, Dublin. Previews Dec 18 Opens Dec 19-Jan 5 9pm (Sat mat 3pm) (New Year’s Eve 8pm) €16/€(...)

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