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Gang Roundup - May 2017 - A collection of posts about 1920s history, WWI, new books set in the Diesel Era... and more

Gang Roundup – May 2017

I promise I tried to post a Gang Roundup in April, but it simply didn’t happen. I kept telling to myself that ‘this week I’m finishing to schedule my posts, and I’ll prepare the roundup”,…


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…


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…


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…







LETTING GO (Ali Isaac) Irish lore, ghosts, coming to terms with the past

Thursday Quotables – Letting Go

She strides towards me, gathering form as she approaches. Her feet sink just below the surface, kicking up tiny splashes with each step. I should be afraid, but I’ve shifted beyond fear. When she stops,…


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