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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‘Dennis and the Excise Man’ © Joe Canning 2016. All Rights Reserved.

‘Dennis and the Excise Man’ © Joe Canning 2016. All Rights Reserved. A long time ago in a town I know well, stood an old now long gone frontier post. Harry the excise man enjoyed his work, confiscating the goods at the zone, Smugglers he’d nab coming over the Foyle, entering old Donegal from Tyrone, […]

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‘The Celeb In The Square’ © Joe Canning 2016. All Rights Reserved.

‘The Celeb In The Square’ © Joe Canning 2016. All Rights Reserved. The town was quiet, after all it was three in the morning. I sat talking to myself on a cold hard stone. Nine sheets to the wind, or drunk, whatever your description. I was in the company of a celebrity in his sobriety. […]

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