The Innocent of Falkland Road


“I’m only twelve,” said Ralph, “and I’m useless at lying. I’m no good at it.” (p127) “He’d have stuck with his namesake and Piggy. At least he hoped he would. He wasn’t very brave. But he’d have tried.” (270)   Carlo Gébler’s The Innocent of Falkland Road is a coming of age tale set in […]

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The Hoarder


  “A house, a labyrinth of rubbish, a crazy old man and a message in a bottle: all the ingredients of a twisted crime story.” “The loveliest eyes are found in the heads of women who have suffered … Damage lies at their shining core. As I said, Drennan, you have beautiful eyes.” “Memories are […]

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Begorrathon 2017: Week Four


So here we, round the bend and the final leg, the finish line in sight. With only a few days left in March, it’s time to get those Reading Ireland posts in. Some housekeeping announcements: The Hennessy Literary Awards take place tomorrow evening in Dublin. Congratulations and best of luck to all the shortlisted writers, […]

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Begorrathon 2017: The Wounded Poacher


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The Wounded Poacher by Henry Jones Thaddeus. National Gallery of Ireland

Henry Jones Thaddeus (1859 – 1929) was an Irish realist painter who studied at the School of Art in Cork, a place he later described as:

A ramshackle, tumble-down building, with a pathetic notice at the head of its staircase imploring students not to jump or run down in a body, as the steps would give way; such was the Cork School of Art, when as a boy of ten, in the year of grace 1870, I crossed its well-worn threshold and was initiated into the mysteries of elementary art.

Thaddeus studied further in Paris and later travelled throughout Europe and North Africa, mixing with fellow artists and member of the aristocracy.

He was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1901

The Wounded Poacher was painted in 1881

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