February 2017

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This week we travel to Derry with James Shields.   In the summer of 2015, we found ourselves in the walled city of Derry (or Londonderry, if you prefer). It’s a fascinating place, steeped in history, and well worth a visit. It is the only walled town left in Ireland, and the only completely walled […]

Welcome to Irish Fiction Friday! This week join us in the land of fairy with James Stephens James Stephens was born in Dublin on February 9, 1880. He graduated as a solicitor’s clerk but became registrar in the National Gallery of Ireland from 1915 to 1925. He produced many retellings of Irish myths and fairy […]

This week, please join Louis D’Alton on a visit to Dunluce Castle.   A trip to Ireland would not be complete without a foray to the North. One of my favourite spots to visit is Dunluce castle on the very northern tip of the Irish coast. I first discovered this by accident travelling to the […]

Happy Irish Fiction Friday! In honor of the full moon this weekend, I thought it appropriate that we visit “a classic of Victorian supernatural fiction.” This week we visit the work of Charlotte Riddell her Weird Stories. The link to the work contains a brief biography of Riddell and links to more information about her. […]

Happy Irish Fiction Friday! Today we’re going to turn our attention to the theatre and feature Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock, Ireland, on Good Friday, April 13, 1906 and died on December 22, 1989 in Paris, France. He was a playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and theatre director. Beckett attended […]