Monday 16 January 2017

If we have free books, why not free concerts or free theatre?

Published 19/03/2009 | 00:00

Ah. Taken to task, though in a most genteel manner, by a couple of ladies over my column on libraries. Not unpleasant, though: rather like sharing a nice warm bath with them.

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However, I made a rod for my own back when I said of the new libraries, arts centres and theatres across Ireland: "Most intelligent people would approve of these developments. I am in the dissenting minority of philistines." Hmmm. 'Sceptics' would have been a better word.

The first criticism came from the librarian Aine Beausang, and she was right: it's years since I was in a library. The delectable Alice Taylor joined in the fray last Tuesday, defending the cultural rights of culchies.

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