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…


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