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Gearóid Iarla and Ennis

In Inis an Laoigh in mid-bay, in Clonroad of the kings, listening to the gurgling of streams, I have been for two months.   These were my three kinds of music: the playing of O’Brien’s harp while drinking beer, the … Continue reading

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Gu-Gu-Geoghegan — Chapter 12 of 32

“Um, you said she was a girl, dude, this new friend of yours. Trish, yeah? Is there something you’re trying to tell old Uncle Vincent now?” He was more than slightly drunk, more than merry, but the shock was not … Continue reading

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Gu-Gu-Geoghegan

I  am going to try an experiment with my latest novel, Gu-Gu-Geoghegan. Instead of converting it into an e-book and indie-publishing it as I have my last three, I will blog it on Get Behind the Muse. Each week, I … Continue reading

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The Galanthophile

A man I once knew was prone to talking about snowdrops at this time of the year. He was a galanthophile — a collector of snowdrops — and from the beginning of February to the middle of March was in … Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Watching TVE 1’s New Series, Reinas

“Oh, Jesus,” I said to myself, “this has started out badly.” It was during an ad break on the supposedly ad-less Spanish national broadcaster, TVE 1, when I learned of a soon-to-be-aired period drama based on the relationship between Queen … Continue reading

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