For me, though, I will always be drawn to the National Gallery to see The Holy Well, Orpen’s scathing repudiation of a romanticised view of western Ireland and Celticism as ‘pure’ and ‘authentic’ (a notion that was very en vogue at the time; see William Butler Yeats).Read more "Begorrathon 2017: William Orpen"
Blog Awards Ireland 2014 will be announcing its shortlist next week. I am pleased to have been nominated in the Diaspora category. I thought I would repost one of my earliest ‘Diasporational’ pieces from last year, about William Bourke Cockran, the Sligoman who became a powerful politcal figure in New York, and who gave a young […]Read more "The Irishman Who Taught Churchill Oratory"
By Niall McArdle Today’s post is brought to you by the letter F F is for Forgetting Winston Churchill was a poor student at school despite being blessed with a remarkable memory. He memorised – and recited – all 1200 lines of Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome, and decades later could still recall them perfectly. […]Read more "April A to Z: F is for Forgetting"