John Behan – The Bull Of Sheriff Street

John Behan: The Bull of Sheriff Street

NUIG Professor Adrian Frazier’s fantastic book on one of Ireland’s most famous living sculptors, John Behan, is now available at Charlie Byrne’s. Some who know John Behan think of him as without question a Dubliner. For others, after forty years there, he is a fundamental part of Galway. His work, however, belongs to Ireland as a whole and, artistically speaking to the world.

Behan’s art employs numerous representations: songbirds, crows, fish, boats, Icarus and Dedalus, but the iconic figure for him is the bull. Bulls of many sizes and breeds, in various castings and styles, are anxious or angry, contented or fighting. Sometimes they belong to the story of King Minos in Crete, sometimes to Maeve and The Táin, to a Spanish bullring or a field in Tipperary. Some are king of the herd, some are led to slaughter. Behan’s hundreds of bronze bulls are a poignant and profound exploration of the fate of the male, particularly the Irish male, in our coming times.

This generously illustrated tribute to John Behan by his friend, the distinguished writer and academic, Adrian Frazier, is a fitting celebration of one of Ireland’s most famous living sculptors.

[ and yes, they’re using some of our scans :-) ]

A Victorian bestseller: David Roberts’ ‘The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Egypt & Nubia’.


Library Ireland Week Talk by Marie Boran, Special Collections Librarian –  happening today, Friday 20th, in room G011 of the Hardiman Research Building at 1.00 p.m.

Featuring some amazing watercolours from our Ringling-North Collection.  Here’s an interesting article about Roberts and his work and another article from The Scotsman.

“Angels with dirty faces / Kids like me and you…”

"Liars with dirty faces" - wasn't that a Jimmy Cagney movie? Or a song by Sham 69? Answers on a postcard please.

“Liars with dirty faces” – wasn’t that a Jimmy Cagney movie? Or a song by Sham 69? Answers on a postcard please.

Hear, hear!  There should be more of this sort of thing.  Can’t let any old guttersnipe show up and sniffle over all of our precious tomes.  Some of them may have TB, you know, or worse.  If it’s good enough for the Hyde Institute, it’s jolly well good enough for us here in Queen’s College!  Huzzah!

(The Queen’s College Digitisation Blog would like to convey its heartfelt thanks to Sir Barry Houlihan of this parish, for very kindly furnishing this image.)

Here’s more about the Hyde Institute in question, and a very nice watercolour of the place.

The summer hiatus is at an end, and we hope to get our Kirtas book scanner repaired soon.  Here’s to another year of digital… digitisation, and here’s a video by Sham 69 to get The Kids in the mood for some serious studiosity.