Monday 16 October 2017

Gerry O’Regan: Working with Myers an unnecessarily uneasy experience

Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin
Kevin Myers. Photo: Tony Gavin

Gerry O’Regan

A deeply troubled relationship with his father, may hold the key to the sense of inner rage, which has permeated the persona of Kevin Myers over so many years.

Myers still berates himself, when as an unthinking adolescent he remained steadfastly indifferent to the plight of his father, after the latter suffered a nervous breakdown. In time all communication between the two ended. The most influential person in his life would unfortunately die without any healing of the rupture between them.

And the Myers experience as a child and young teenager, as part of a strongly Catholic Irish family in gloom-filled 1950s Leicestershire, also seems to have left him with a sense of smouldering anger. It's as if this experience has left him deeply conflicted, between a sense of Irishness he can never quite shake off, which can never be reconciled with his formative years in Britain.

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