All Blog Posts Tagged 'Literature' (175)

'Twenty Years A-Growing' on Great Blasket Island: A Review

So many of the stories which come to us out of Ireland are, quite simply, sad. From James Joyce's "The Dead" to Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes," we read of people who are, if not figuratively, then literally, impoverished. It is a lovely…

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Added by Susan O'Dea Boland on November 9, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Moving In, And Moving On ...

Oh dear, it’s been such a long time since I wrote anything for The Wild Geese … I didn’t realise how long until I re-entered the site. Why? I moved house (or 'flitted' as we call it in Northern Ireland). I moved to a house that looked great on viewing but proved otherwise when we got in. With all the furniture removed and no one there, the extent of what needed to be done swiftly became all too clear.…

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Added by Margaret Whittock on November 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Back from the Wars: Excerpt From 'The Lockwoods of Clonakilty'

Hello all:

I am usually hesitant to read a book unless I know a bit about it. Assuming many of you have a similar habit, I post here a few lines from the first chapter of The Lockwoods of Clonakilty. One of the major themes in the…

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Added by Mark Bois on October 25, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Swans, Armada, and Taphophilia Grab Me in Sligo

It was Monday morning and I was having trouble packing. I woke with a brass band in my head, as Jim says.  After sitting in the shower for a while, I took a panadol, drank some water and went back to sleep. I woke an hour later and slowly started to get ready to go.

It was very, very difficult. I called mum, I felt lonely…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 14, 2015 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Harking to the Call of the O'Rourkes

(Sligo street art)

I was stranded for a second day in Grange. When I woke up, I had breakfast on my mind and enjoyed an Irish breakfast with a beautiful view. I had to be out by 11 a.m. as the painter was coming and the owner had to visit someone in hospital.

Having tried the…

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Added by The Last Torch on October 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

O'Brien Press Prospers By Championing Intrinsic Value of Books

In the 1940s it was tough being a communist in Ireland. All card carrying members were followed by the Special Branch, tended to be boycotted by the establishment and were refused jobs. Thomas O’Brien had returned from fighting in the International Brigade in Spain against Franco. As a vocal and proud communist, and poet, he was faced with certain unemployment. Perhaps influenced by Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia, he…

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Added by Jillian Godsil on October 4, 2015 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

'A Dirty Mind,' Mr. Joyce? -- A Tale of Repression and Redemption

“A nice thing to find in one of the largest bookshops in the city. And in one of the main streets of Dublin, no less.”

Dan slammed the book on the manager’s desk.

Mr. Molloy looked at the book. “My good man, there is no way we would have that book for sale,” he said.

“It was with the Greek literature.  Any young student could have…

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Added by James O'Brien on July 11, 2015 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Clifden Pub Scene From Novel 'Dancing to an Irish Reel'

The distance between Inverin and Clifden is approximately sixty kilometers. It’s a visually inspiring hour-long ride through undulating midlands with grass as soft as velvet, gray stone walls that split the landscape, and bubbling intermittent streams as you glide along a two-lane road that cuts through a…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on July 7, 2015 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

'Heartbreak Ridge (and Other Poems)' by Bill Nevins

Book Review                                 

The true nature of poetry is to first give us an insight into the heart and consciousness of the poet, then the collective consciousness of the society…

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Added by Seamus Ruttledge on June 16, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

The Great Escape - Irish Style

As a child, "The Great Escape" was one film that never failed to entertain me. Aside from a stellar cast that included Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough (above), Charles Bronson, James Garner and a host of others, the story was compelling and also happened to be true.

It’s…

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Added by David Lawlor on May 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

On the Anniversary of García Márquez's Death, a New Book Asks, 'Was Gabo an Irishman?'

My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example, or the discovery of America.

That’s…

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

'The Life and Writings of the Historical Saint Patrick,' by Richard Patrick Crosland Hanson

This little 138-page book taught me a lot about someone who is, arguably, one of the most important figures in Irish history. First of all, the picture of St. Patrick wearing a bishop's miter that we are all familiar with is erroneous. The Bishop's miter didn't come into use until…

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Added by james lawrence dore on April 2, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Dancing to an Irish Reel

I spent ten blissful days on the western coast of Ireland last October, and I’ll tell you why I returned to the misty, velvet shores of the area where I once spent a year: my second novel is set in the area and I felt it was important to reinvigorate my standing amongst the land and its people before I embarked upon the book’s promotion. In order to do…

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Added by Claire Fullerton on March 28, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments


Heritage Partner
'That's Just How it Was' - A Book by Author Mary Thorpe

"That's Just How It Was" is a tribute to my grandmother.  It is a true story set against the background of the Famine (1844 -1847) the 1916 Easter Rising, and the War of Independence (1919-1921).…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 21, 2015 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Review: 'Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary'

Book Review

"Belfast Days: A 1972 Teenage Diary," by Eimear O’Callaghan

Merrion Press

Copyright 2014

"Belfast Days: A 1972…

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Added by The Last Torch on February 16, 2015 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

Are the Irish Natural Storytellers?

When someone says to me that the Irish are natural storytellers, I’m usually really pleased. I’m an Irish writer, and isn’t it the ultimate aim of all writers to tell a cracking story? The writing life is full of rejection and self-doubt. You draw hope and confidence from…

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on January 16, 2015 at 9:30am — 32 Comments


Media Partner
Eamon de Valera Speech to be Analyzed

Irish Society Writing Contest

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high…

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Added by Irish Cultural Society of GC on January 13, 2015 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments


Heritage Partner
My Childhood in Ireland

I was born on the the 8th of January in 1945 -- the year the war ended in Europe.  By chance, I also share  a birthday with Elvis Presley.  He would have been 80 years old on the 8th of January, 2015.  

My memories of my birthday are very precious. This was due to the fact…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 1, 2015 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Mr William Butler and Mrs George Yeats

When Olivia Shakespear introduced her ex-lover, W.B. Yeats, to her niece-by-marriage, Georgie, in London in 1917 she knew he was looking for a young wife and hoped they would be compatible. From…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 31, 2014 at 4:07am — 5 Comments

The Pending Birth of Yeats' Illegitimate Son

On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac

by W.B. Yeats

Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,

Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.

My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.

I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous thing.

What wholesome sun has ripened is wholesome…

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Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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