It was a quiet time in County Clare, with my walking shoes hung to dry for the evening, dinner cooking on the embers and tired birds returning to their nests on the few weather-beaten trees that dot the harsh Burren landscape. To the north was the sea shimmering with the lights of Galway, the Aran Islands lay to the west and beyond that was the Atlantic Ocean and America. Below, a labyrinthine system of caves I used to work in as a tour guide, and above a galaxy of stars.Read More
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the most brilliant poets of the 20th century, whose conceptual and stylistic influence extends far beyond the shores of his native Ireland. For decades his poems have been an ever-present fixture in Irish second-level Leaving and Junior Certificate English examination papers, with poems mainly drawn from his early period (1880s and 1890s).
Solar Bones by Irish writer Mike McCormack is the winner of the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, which was announced in Dublin on June 13. The novel was one of the 10 titles shortlisted for the lucrative and prestigious €100,000 prize.Read More
There is a scene in the Mel Brooks’ spoof movie, Robin Hood, Men in Tights, that has Prince John saying to the Sherriff of Rottingham: “Maybe if you tell me the bad news in a good way, it wouldn’t sound so bad.”Read More