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J.M. Synge and 'The Playboy of the Western World'

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

John Millington Synge was one the leading figures of the Irish Literary Revival towards the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

Like Lady Gregory, Synge was also a dramatist portraying the Irish on stage as a means of reviving interest in Irish heritage and…

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Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, an Irish literary revival occurred as a means of establishing cultural nationalism, and Irish literary talent bloomed. As a result, culturally significant…

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Happy Birthday, John Montague

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

John Montague is one of Ireland’s best known contemporary poets. He is the author of many books of poetry, stories, memoirs and essays. In his work Ireland is a recurring theme and in many of his poems he draws on his experiences as a young boy in Tyrone (for example, in The…

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The most borrowed Irish library books - children's fiction prevails

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 8:11am 0 Comments

A recent study on the most borrowed books from Irish libraries in 2012 makes for interesting reading.

Out of the top 10 most borrowed titles for 2012, eight were children's or YA fiction. The only appearance of an Irish writer in the top 10 was also for a children's title - Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, the first volume in Alan Early's Father of Lies…

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