Thu, 04 Jun, 2020
John Bull has always divided opinion. To our neighbours, he came to symbolise the best of British: A jovial, chubby, but solid and honest character of rural stock. For others (ie pretty much everyone else), this representation came to be viewed in very different terms. Just how different was apparent in a New York Times piece from 1861.
Fri, 02 Aug, 2019
Teachers will, in time, have to explain to students why life was once so very different in Ireland on Good Friday. Those teachers, unless we risk Brexit-scale disruption and division, will also tell their pupils why the three Sheehan brothers, from Fermoy in Co. Cork, died fighting with Canadian troops in WWII and, hopefully, explain the structures we put in place after the war to try to ensure that we never have WWIII.
Fri, 19 Apr, 2019
WITH an excerpt in the New York Times, a place in Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club and with it now being named Amazon’s book of 2016, Colson Whitehead’s latest novel The Underground Railroad arrives with a silo of hype and a bar set particularly high. Thankfully, the New York writer more than manages to meet these high expectations with a powerful, relentless novel that is tightly wrapped around a gripping story.
Sat, 31 Dec, 2016
Peter Gowen was born Youghal, Co Cork, and now lives in London. He is currently on tour with Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh. Upcoming dates include Everyman Theatre, Cork, 7-11 Nov; as well as Civic Theatre, Tallaght, 21-22 Oct; and Lime Tree, Limerick, Nov 4-5.
Thu, 20 Oct, 2016