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Remembering a Play

Beckett Bridge photographed by Éamon ÓMurchú on the day of Kerry’s defeat in the All Ireland Football Semi Final by Tyrone on Saturday August 28 2021.


1907 Dublin

Irish theatre audiences were very sensitive to any slurs they perceived to be cast on their characters, especially if the characters portrayed on the stage were peasants and the people producing the play were the aristocracy.

The word “shift” meaning underwear, was removed from the text of Synge’s Playboy of The Western World before the play went to Broadway but it still got off to a rocky start until Lady Gregory employed her famous diplomatic skills and used her connections to the Roosevelt family to ensure the audience was won over and the run was a success.

Irish Examiner commemorative supplement


2015 in Cobh

Irish Examiner archive


Listowel Garda Station

On Church Street, Listowel in August 2021


Excitement is mounting

Festival lighting was erected in town on Wednesday Sept 8 2021.Numbers on the Island are greatly reduced but the town is looking festive anyway.


Meanwhile in Mayo

Knock Basilica, Sept 2021



Riverbank Repair, Fontenoy and Toothpaste


Fort Shannon, a Fleadh and a wedding

1 Comment

  1. Vincent Carmody

    Having looked at Eamon’s lovely photo of that Dublin’s Beckett Bridge, it reminded me of two things,
    Beckett was ‘ Waiting for Godot’
    In Kerry, we are still, ‘Waiting for Sam’

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