Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Flann O'Brien Honoured with a Google Doodle

Flann O'Brien's 101st Birthday

Irish novelist, playwright, journalist, satirist, Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann, O'Brien, aka Myles na gCopaleen) has been honoured with a Google Doodle. He is the second Irish author to be served with such an accolade: James Joyce was the subject of the Doodle that commemorated Bloomsday 2004.

Although born in Strabane in Co Tyrone the author O'Nolan was a well known character in Dublin during his lifetime. He attended University College Dublin. His parental home was in Blackrock and he lived for most of his life at various addresses in South Dublin.

The various pseudonyms he employed throughout his literary career were due to restrictions placed upon him in his role as a civil servant. His father's early death meant that he was obliged to support a large family of brothers and sisters. He himself died childless. The position of civil servant was both prestigious and well-paid in Ireland of the time, which was largely poor and agrarian. Regulations and internal culture of the Irish civil service meant that senior officers were prohibited from publicly expressing views on political, controversial or sensitive matters. O'Nolan "was, indeed, forced to retire from the civil service in 1953." [Source: Wikipedia]

Today his works are widely read and celebrated, captivating succeeding generations. He is particularly remembered for his novels that include At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman, An Béal Bocht. He was the subject of an international conference in Vienna in 2011 from which an International Flann O'Brien Society has been established.

Closer to home, the inaugural Flann OBrien Literary Festival will take place over the weekend of Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October in O'Nolan's native Strabane and neighbouring town of Lifford. Full details including programme of events are available here.

Search Amazon for Flann O'Brien

Popular Posts

Labels

1930s (1) 1940s (1) 1950s (1) 1960s (1) 1970s (2) 19th century (1) Arthur Fields (1) Bagatelle (1) Bloomsday (1) Bram Stoker (3) Bram Stoker centenary (2) Carmilla (1) City Full of Ghosts (Dublin) (1) Clontarf (1) Colin Farrell (1) Damien Dempsey (1) David Kelly (1) Dennis McIntyre (1) Donagh MacDonagh (2) Dracula (2) Dublin (5) Dublin in the 1980s (1) Dublin Lockout (1) Dublin Made Me (2) Dublin Town (1) Dublin: One City One Book (1) Easter Rising 1916 (2) famous Dublin writers (2) Flann O'Brien (1) from the archives (2) Google Doodles (2) historic Dublin (2) history (5) history of Dublin (1) Hugh Leonard (1) In Tua Nua (1) Ireland's capital city (1) Irish Independence struggle (1) Irish literature (1) Irish mathematicians (1) Irish personalities (1) Irish scientists (1) James Connolly (1) James Joyce (1) James Larkin (1) James Plunkett (1) literary Dublin (5) Louis MacNeice (1) Mike Scott (1) Music (4) nostalgia (2) old photographs of Dublin (2) Padraig Pearse (1) Pete St John (1) Peter O'Toole (1) Photography (1) Poetry (3) Proclamation of the Irish Republic (1) Ronnie Drew (2) Roots (TV series) (1) Sheridan Le Fanu (2) sightseeing (1) St. Michan's Church (1) Steve Wickham (1) Strumpet City (1) Summer in Dublin (1) The Dubliners (2) The Ferryman (1) The Great Famine (1) The Rare Ould Times (1) The Waterboys (1) tourist attractions (1) TV documentaries about Dublin (1) Ulysses (1) Unesco (1) vampire fiction (1) vampirism (2) videos (1) visiting Dublin (1) W.B. Yeats (1) William Martin Murphy (1) William Rowan Hamilton (1) World War I (1)