Flann O'brien

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‘Like me, the lad from England had a big interest in both Patrick Kavanagh and Flann O’Brien (above)’.

In Dublin on Friday night, I stepped into a thronged O’Neill’s Pub on Suffolk Street in hopes of watching Ulster’s European Rugby Cup match. It was a (...)

First edition of Samuel Beckett’s “Eh Joe”, featuring Jack MacGowran on the cover (Faber & Faber, 1967)

One thing not mentioned in Brian Maye’s centenary tribute to him earlier this week (Diary, Monday) was that, before he became a famous actor, Jack Mac(...)

William Saroyan: impressively cavalier attitude to money

One of the illicit joys of reading literary correspondence is discovering that great writers can be just as hypocritical as the rest of us, sometimes.(...)

Saint Augustine of Hippo. Illustration: istock

I meant to mention it in my review of the book (which appears elsewhere in this newspaper today), and somehow forgot. But an unfortunate feature of Th(...)

In April 1943, the Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann accidentally  ingested a small amount of a compound he was analysing, LSD

Much as I enjoy cycling, I didn’t participate in the global event known as Bicycle Day, the 75th anniversary of which fell on Thursday. There wasn’t m(...)

Dan Ahearne: born in Limerick 130 years ago today

Among the famous birthdays of April 12th – although famous might be overstating it now – is that of Dan Ahearne, an Irish and American athlete born in(...)

  Neil Martin: song-cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s ‘Sweeney Astray’

Not much can be said with certainty about the Battle of Mag Rath, which happened near what is now Moira, Co Down, in 637. But we know it was big, be(...)

Flann O’Brien: prescient

Myles na gCopaleen should have been alive to read an ad from the current London Review of Books for a limited edition of the latest Julian Barnes nove(...)

An Béal Bocht debut:  TG4, on Christmas Day

One of the most famous passages from Heinrich Böll’s Irisches Tagebuch (Irish Journal), mentioned here yesterday in connection with the writer’s cente(...)

‘Clearly not Flann’: Robert Farren, aka Roibéard Ó Faracháin, the poet.

On behalf of Flann O’Brien fans everywhere, I offer belated thanks to Ronan Farren (Letters, December 5th) for solving a mystery that had perplexed ou(...)

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