‘Bright Star, Elegy for David Bowie’ Graham Allen…and other star people.

Graham Allen is a professor of English at University College Cork and The Madhouse System (2016) is his second collection of poems, following on from The One That Got Away (2014). Both are collections of poems that capture life in its wonder, pain, madness, hypocrisy, and joy. For some reason stones recur, I don't know why. I … Continue reading ‘Bright Star, Elegy for David Bowie’ Graham Allen…and other star people.

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Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?

Two pieces of Irish cultural output, both on screen, resonate deeply, not only with Irish people but across the globe in an unprecedented manner. The first occurs in 1952 with the release of John Ford's The Quiet Man and the second in 1994 at the Eurovision song contest, when the interval act  Riverdance causes a … Continue reading Was John Ford’s ‘The Quiet Man’ the ‘Riverdance’ of the 1950s?