Taxi for Elvis After my daughter’s graduation ceremony a few years ago in University College Cork I was invited to have refreshments in the Aula Maxima. That ‘Great Hall’ is a capacious and impressive room with gilt-framed portraits of past presidents of the college adorning its wood-panelled, high walls. It was the first time I […]
How a bar in Greenwich Village, NYC played two important parts in the creation of Frank McCourt’s beloved novel. IrishCentral Staff @IrishCentral Sep 30, 2021 The tale of how the Lion’s Head bar along with three women Mary Breasted, Molly Friedrich, and Ellen McCourt led to the publication of “Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir”, published […]
The unconsidered human impulse is to wrap grief and pain in pious formulas, in slack received wisdom, in platitudes and worn-out phrases. Pain always threatens to become unbearable, and indeed it often is unbearable to anyone locked in the prison of the self. We have songs and stories, poems, dance, painting and theatre to lift […]
This is Kieran Beville’s homecoming book of poems with memories of a Limerick childhood, paeans to his mother and father, the young poet’s developing years before branching out into the world where we meet his own family, the pain of separation, his religious and mystical self and the scars of life’s hard lessons prospecting for […]
In this collection, Kieran Beville’s exuberance and energy are refreshing and infectious. The range of emotions and occasions are many in its celebration of love and its grieving for loss of love and attendant loneliness. The tirade against Trump’s America and American colonialism, reminiscent of a poem by Allen Ginsberg in the way it addresses […]
Limerick’s Revival Press returned to The White House Pub today for its first book launch since the lockdown. Hugh McFadden’s ‘Further On Up the Road’ was launch by guest speaker and local poet Kieran Beville. Dominic Taylor of Revival Press said that it was a great occasion to return to the spiritual home of poetry in Limerick and that he looked forward to many more poetry events at The White House.