Brian O Nolan

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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/€(...)

Thirst (and Other Bits of Flann): a very merry, nostalgic study in character

THIRST (AND OTHER BITS OF FLANN) Peacock stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ Admirers of the comic imagination of Flann O’Brien, or Myles na gCopaleen(...)

Erwin Schrödinger: a very live cat. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images

It was a most audacious piece of head-hunting. Just as Europe was about to be enveloped by war and the grip of Nazi Germany, then taoiseach Éamon de V(...)

Helen O’Leary and Claire Walsh

What is your average breakfast? Helen: A cup of coffee. Claire: Eggs on toast. When did you last cry? Claire: When I was at EVA in Limerick about t(...)

35 Waterloo Road, Dublin 4

Waterloo Road’s prestige and desirability are nothing new. In the 1840s, when the Earl of Pembroke began leasing portions of his Ballsbridge estate fo(...)

A cartoon by “Kilroy” of  Dublin’s Archbishop John Charles McQuaid running a family planning clinic, one of the items up for auction.

Auctions of historical memorabilia can shed fascinating light on aspects of social, political and economic history. Sometimes cartoons depict a story (...)

Brian O’Nolan: wrote his long-running ‘Irish Times’ column, ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, from 1940 until 1966 under the pseudonym of Myles na gCopaleen.

Myles na gCopaleen meets Mozart, at least in spirit, this week, as the latest International Flann O’Brien Society conference gets under way in the pic(...)

John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce on Sandymount Strand on the 50th-anniversary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 1954.

It feels strange to be celebrating Bloomsday without the living presence of Anthony Cronin. The genesis of our modern Bloomsday celebration is a famil(...)

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