Peter Murtagh

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James Joyce. While staying at the Grand Hotel Corneille in  1902/03 he hoped for, among other things, some regular work with The Irish Times. Photograph: Getty

Rue Corneille is a narrow street, perhaps 150m long, linking Place Paul Claudel and the Place de L’Odéon on Paris’s Left Bank. Today it (...)

The former Grand Hotel Corneille (now apartments) in Paris (right) and ajoining bookshop.   Carl Clancy stayed at the hotel in 1912/13; as did, at other  times,  James Joyce, JM Synge and WB Yeats. Photogaph: Peter Murtagh

When Carl Clancy and Walter Storey breezed into Paris in late November 1912, during all the time th(...)

Candle-lit memorial shrine to Bishop Oscar Romero, murdered in El Salvador in 1998, in the Church of Notre Dame in Bruges. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Dutch, Belgian and northeastern parts of France through which Carl Clancy rode his motorcycle in November 1912 were sho(...)

Johan Jansen and his 1988 BMW R100 with its home-made luggage boxes. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Johan Jansen is a gardener. He is 50 years of age and single. Johan lives in Eindhoven in the southern part of the Netherlands, not too f(...)

Gary Walker (left) and Geoff Hill at the Hotel Rambrandt, Amsterdam. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Searching for a hotel in Amsterdam named Rembrandt turns out to be a little like searching for a pub in London called The Queen’s Head. T(...)

Gary Walker holding up the Ace Cafe counter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Ace Cafe in north London is a landmark institution for bikers, spoken of with reverence and respect. It is in a scroful(...)

Geoff Hill at St Werburgh Street in Chester, with Chester Cathedral behind, visited in November 1912 by Carl Stearns Clancy. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The road from Northwich to Chester is today probably very much as it was 100 years ago when Carl Stearns Clancy and his motorcycle partner Walt(...)

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