When the French writer and dramatist Antonin Artaud travelled to the island of Inis Mór in August 1937, he was carrying a much-knotted walking stick, about which he had extraordinary ideas. Photograph: Henry Guttmann Collection/Getty Images

In the cast of eccentrics that populates Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-seller Born to Run, the French writer and dramatist Antonin Artaud makes on(...)

Ardmore cliff walk. Photograph: John Foley, johnfoleyimages.com

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Samuel L Jackson, a top snake-wrangler and “mudebroth”, as St Patrick might have called him.

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