#OTD in 1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan, in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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#OTD in 1939 – At Swim-Two-Birds, a novel by writer Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction. The novel’s title derives from Snámh dá Én (‘Swim-Two-Birds’), a ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 13 March:

1592 – Trinity College, Dublin, officially the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth I, on the site of the confiscated Priory of All Hallows, was founded. The college was founded by Queen Elizabeth I as the ‘mother’ of a new university, to civilise Dublin. It was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford […]

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#OTD in 1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan, in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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#OTD in 1939 – At Swim-Two-Birds, a highly experimental novel by Flann O’Brien, is published in London.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction. The novel’s title derives from Snámh dá Én (‘Swim-Two-Birds’), a ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 13 March:

1592 – Trinity College, Dublin, officially the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth I, on the site of the confiscated Priory of All Hallows, was founded. The college was founded by Queen Elizabeth I as the ‘mother’ of a new university, to civilise Dublin. It was modelled after the collegiate universities of Oxford […]

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#OTD in 1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan, in Dublin.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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#OTD in 1939 – At-Swim-Two-Birds, a highly experimental novel by Flann O’Brien, is published in London.

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction. The novel’s title derives from Snámh dá Én (‘Swim-Two-Birds’), a ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 13 March:

1784 – Reform Bill in Irish House of Commons. 1791 – Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man (part 1) – a reply to Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France and a major influence on Irish radicals – is published. 1846 – Ballinlass An Gorta Mór Evictions: Seventy-six tenant farmers and their families (three hundred […]

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1911 – Birth of novelist and satirist, Brian O’Nolan.

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Brian O’Nolan is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels ‘An Béal Bocht’, ‘At Swim-Two-Birds’ and ‘The Third Policeman’ written under the nom de plume Flann O’Brien. He also wrote many satirical columns in the Irish Times […]

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