Do you speak Dublin?

A Dyoublong childhood reminiscence. Translation, gloss and notes towards a festschrift available upon receipt of postal order for 3/6.  Limited voleskin-bound edition available for a Guinea.

savages bpl stepThe day we went on the hop we met two blokes who were on the gur and had stroked a pound of rashers and a sliced pan and wanted to sell them. “Giz yer odds,” they said. We had none so we split our loose harrys with them so as not to get claimed. One of them hoosed his staff on us so we bailed. We scutted as far as Cabra, trun muckers at a gotchie’s hut and then stalled on into town.

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The Brothers’ Lot: Free e-book One Day Only

The Brothers' Lot

The Brothers’ Lot from Akashic Books

Nothing says Advent like a free copy of the Brother’s Lot from the wonderful people at Akashic Books.

Available free here til midnight tonight:

“A witty, brilliant, devastating expression of outrage . . . this novel is so subtly imagined, so elegantly structured, written in such hilarious prose but with such horrifying details, that what it offers is an overpowering, visionary judgement of a society.”
Times Literary Supplement

“The mix of dire experiences that goes into the education dished out at the Brothers of Godly Coercion School for Young Boys of Meager Means adds up to a mordantly funny debut from Dublin native Holohan.”
Publishers Weekly

“Taking dead aim at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and the atmosphere of repression that allowed abuse to flourish, this first novel uses satire to stinging effect . . . Terribly bleak and terribly funny, this skillful debut pays tribute to the irrepressible spirit of all the rebellious young boys who would not give in to authoritarian rule.”

“[Holohan] possesses his own distinct voice. Especially useful as therapy for recovering Catholics or to tweak apologists of the church, this impressive debut is highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“Holohan’s ability to write the kind of free-flowing naturalistic dialogue that so potently conveys the anarchic spirit of schoolboy warfare . . . is grounded by a shadow play of macabre references to horrors that ghost around the edges of the narrative, many eerily similar to some of the more infamous real life reports that have emerged in recent years.”
Irish Times

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James Connolly’s New York at Cooper Union May 12, 1916

For anyone who might be interested,  I have this official bootleg of the James Connolly essay, “Let us Free Ireland!” that I had the honor of reading last night at Cooper Union, from the same stage where Connolly himself spoke in 1902 and on the centenary of his death. Unfortunately it cuts off toward the end but you get the gist I think. The full text is available here:…/connolly/1899/…/freeirld.htm

Huge thanks to Susan McKeown for organizing this wonderful Festival.

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Savage Kids of Dublintown at Brooklyn Public Library

Get your pre-Patrick’s Day fix of Irish litt.

This Saturday March 5th, 4pm.

Brooklyn Public Library

10 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, New York 11238

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Four Dublin-born writers present the recipe for a classic Irish childhood: one part poverty, one part sexual repression, one part evil teachers. Add a fistful of salt and serve with a side of black humor. Then emigrate. Kevin Holohan, Honor Molloy, Maeve Price and Michelle Woods read from their works and share selections by Maeve Brennan, Maura Laverty, Patrick McCabe, Flann O’Brien, and James Joyce.

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12.15.15 IAW&A Salon: An abundance of talent, heart and Christmas cheer

Irish American Writers & Artists

By Karen Daly
Photos by Cat Dwyer


Marni Rice

The late December Salon at the Cell has quickly become a holiday tradition for members and guests who know there will be an extraordinary array of talent and heart as well as abundant IAW&A-style Christmas cheer. Curated and co-hosted by Honor Molloy and John Kearns, the program began with Marni Rice performing a haunting original accordion composition.

joeJoseph Goodrich

Playwright, actor and expert on mystery writing, Joseph Goodrich then showed his tender side with the story “The New Boy,” a reminiscence of Christmas in a small Minnesota town, circa 1970. Funny and poignant, Joe’s tale prompted smiles and tears.

kevinKevin Holohan

Kevin Holohan brought to life Lar Lawrence and Con Conway, two electricians escaped from his novel The Brothers’ Lot. Quintessential Dubliners, Lar is the straight man and Con, the one convinced that not only is the glass half empty…

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Nothing like a bit of Beckett to cut the Patrick’s Day treacle – March 14

As you might already know, I am never wholly comfortable with the tourist board clichéd paddywhackery that often attends St. Patrick’s Day.  So what better way to mark these rejoicings than a celebration of the least clichéd, least paddywhakerish Irish writer imaginable, Mr. Samuel Beckett?  We will be airing some of his prose works this coming Saturday, works that beg to be read out loud and, once heard, dispel the “difficult” reputation that tweedy academics would wrap him up in.  Details below.  If you are in around, would love to see you there.

 Beckett Out Loud with Kevin Holohan, Honor Molloy and Maeve Price

Saturday, March 14, 2015 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

Admisssion FREE

Samuel Beckett was not only a modernist, he was a Dubliner. This is demonstrated by his insistence on language and the extremity of human experience found in his work. Kevin Holohan, Honor Molloy, and Maeve Price—all born and raised in Dublin—bring their voices to selections from Watt,MurphyMolloy, and some of the shorter works. Together, they reveal the music, humor and desolation inherent in Beckett’s work.

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Tales of Olde Williamsburg Chap XVIII

Sirrah! Prithee, where might I find a new codpiece?  As you can see I am quite undone.

You could try Put Yer Nuts In It on Driggs or Genital Confections on Berry. Then there’s The Cupping Guild on Bedford and N 9th or Totum Scrotum on Wythe or if you want a walk you can try The Olde Breukelen Hose Factorie over on Metropolitan Avenue.  There’s also…

…You are most kind Sirrah. I see this precinct is most amply provisioned.  Mercifully I did not question you for purveyors of ferret-flavored ales; I fear I would have been listening to you all day.

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