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

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…


Added by Mercier Press on April 16, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Lady Gregory and the Abbey Theatre

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…


Added by Mercier Press on March 25, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, John Montague

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…


Added by Mercier Press on February 28, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

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

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…


Added by Mercier Press on November 4, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, GAA

On this day in history:

1884 - The foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

The Gaelic Athletic Association was founded at 3 pm on Saturday, 1 November 1884, in the billiards room of Lizzie Hayes' Commercial Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary.

All present that day…


Added by Mercier Press on November 1, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Decade of Commemorations

As any Irish history enthusiast will know, 2013 marks the centenary of a very significant year in the Irish fight for independence - and the next ten years will provide many more milestones to commemorate. The years 1913-23 in Ireland saw the Dublin Lockout, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence, and the Civil War. By the end of this tumultuous decade, Ireland would be a fledgling Free State, and the…


Added by Mercier Press on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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