March 2017

TAN (David Lawlor) - It’s 1914 and Liam Mannion is forced into exile for a crime he didn’t commit. He flees Balbriggan, the only home he has ever known and travels to England, where he enlists and endures the torment of trench warfare in France. Five years later he’s back in England, a changed man, living in the shadow of his battlefield memories

Thursday Quotables – Tan

‘So long ago… a different world, Liam… How the fuck are ye, and what the fuck are ye doin’ in that get up?’ his voice took on an angry edge. Liam leaned the rifle against…


Home (James Joyce) "Think you'reescaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home."

Home (James Joyce)

Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home. James Joyce     ——————————————————————————————————————- This post is part of the Ireland Reading Month organised by 746 Books and The…


60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome

On 25th March 1957, two treaties were signed in Rome that gave birth to the European Economic Community (EEC) and to European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom): the Treaties of Rome. The signatories of the historic…



AN ENCOUNTER a short story from DUBLINERS (James Joyce) Joyce's first major work, written when he was only twenty-five, brought his city to the world for the first time. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism.

Thursday Quotables – An Encounter

In the morning I was first-comer to the bridge as I lived nearest. I hid my books in the long grass near the ashpit at the end of the garden where nobody ever came and…


Human (Nuala O'Faolain) "Do the thing that's less passive. Do the active thing. There's more of the human in that."

Human (Nuala O’Faolain)

Do the thing that’s less passive. Do the active thing. There’s more of the human in that. Nuala O’Faolain     —————————————————————————————————————- This post is part of the Ireland Reading Month organised by 746 Books…


Gang Roundup - March 2017 - A collection of posts about the 1920s, dieselpunk and a sprinkle of film noir

Gang Roundup – March 2017

Welcome to another gang roundup! Because of my two weeks without the laptop, I feard this roundup was going to be quite thin. Instead it turned out quite nice, don’t you think? Dieselpunk Lexicon Part…



THE GHOST OF THE RATH (Rosa Mulholland) Twelve Irish Ghost Stories - A classic gothic story with a great setting and atmosphere

Thursday Quotables – The Ghost of the Rath

After a few intolerable moments I felt better, but the heavy air pressed on me stiflingly and I rushed from the inner room into the larger and outer chamber. Here a blast of cool air…


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