Your only man.

mylesLest we forget: today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Brian Ó Nualláin, a/k/a Flann O’Brien, author of The Third Policeman, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Dalkey Archive and a host of other richly surreal writings.  Under still another nom de plume, Myles na gCopaleen, he penned the Cruiskeen Lawn column for the Irish Times: a polymorphously polyglottal compendium of cute observations, cross-linguistic puns, and what he himself would have called “backchat and funny cracks“.

Galway fans of the man’s work can head along to Flann Fest this evening, or even come along to the JHL where we have plenty of Myles-related material, including the original script of his play The Dead Spit of Kelly.

No doubt we’ll all be marvelling over his entirely unique corpus of work in another 50 years.  Until then, let’s rise a pint of plain in his memory…

They came and filmed us in the digitisation centre back in September; you can actually see the Kirtas book scanner at about 00:40.  At other junctures you get a glimpse of Aisling‘s hands and Barry‘s heroic profile.  :-)

Seriously, a very impressive bit of work.  It’s nice to know cool things are happening on campus while you’re busy slaving over a hot book scanner all day…


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“He’s chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature…”



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from the New Musical Express 1974 Hot Rock Guide, which somehow happened to be lying around the digitisation centre this morning… 

“You’re not alone
Just turn on with me
And you’re not alone
Let’s turn on and be
And you’re not alone
Give me your hands!
Cause you’re wonderful
Give me your hands