Peter Chrisp

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“This classic musical account of an Irish wake, so accidentally influential on modernist literature, was a product of the Big Apple, in an era when one-third of that city’s population was newly arrived from Ireland”

It appears that in declaring Tim Finnegan of ballad fame to have been from Dublin’s Watling Street, as I did here on Saturday, I was wrong. He was in (...)

Cork-born tenor John O’Sullivan

If the whole literature thing hadn’t worked out for James Joyce, he could probably have fallen back on another of his talents, public relations. He ha(...)

 Targets with only a moustache or beard were addressed as ‘walrus’ or ‘beaver’. A man with both was called ‘Royal Beaver’. Photograph: iStock 

Grim as the autumn of 1922 must have been in Ireland, it had its frivolous moments too. Some of them centred on a game involving policemen – the same (...)

James Joyce,  circa 1917. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The many similarities between sex and cricket may have escaped most literary authors but not, of course, James Joyce. In Finnegans Wake, he uses the g(...)