Friday 21 July 2017

Eoghan Harris: Cherish Charles Dickens and chase those blues away

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

CHARLES Dickens, if still around after 200 years, would be living in Ireland for tax reasons, standing in for George Hook, doing Dail reportage like John Drennan and Miriam Lord, penning novels with characters like Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, and writing a weekly column in the Sunday Independent.

Dickens started as a reporter, and never really resigned from the job. Like Con Houlihan in Croke Park, he studied the spectators as well as the match.

In a Paris morgue he records the expressions of spectators staring at the corpses as "looking at something that could not return the look".

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