The Dream Against The Deed

Poet Patrick Deeley has written a beautiful memoir about growing up in East Galway. The Hurley Maker’s Son has been hailed for its evocative prose, and for its moving celebration of life in rural Ireland in the 1960s. As a child, Deeley was something of a misfit in his family: a loner, a dreamer, and […] […]

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Happy May Day!

By Niall McArdle May 1st is – among other things – International Workers Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Riot in May 1886 Fittingly, Seattle raised the minimum wage to $15 today. You can read my story about the real-life Mother Jones here.

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Diasporational Part Fourteen: Una O’Connor, Lovable Screamer!

She had a nice line in busybodies: spinsters, gossips and maids (often Irish). She was described as having “the stare of a detective, the voice of an air raid siren, and the body of a scarecrow.” In an age when there was an awful lot of stage-Irishness in Hollywood films (Abby’s Irish Rose, Mother Machree), it must have grated on her ears to hear so many Oirish brogues.

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J Edgar Who?

I’m disappointed to report that while it’s marvellous-looking and well-acted, it’s an unsatisfying, disjointed film that offers us fascinating glimpses of Hoover without ever getting to the core of who he was

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