Saturday 18 November 2017

Pulitzer author's spirit lives on in new museum

THE spirit of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt will never leave the building that now houses a museum in his memory, his older brother said yesterday.

Malachy McCourt was speaking in Limerick, where he officially opened the Frank McCourt Museum.

The museum is housed on the site of the former Leamy School on Hartstonge Street, which Frank McCourt and his brothers attended as children.

It was the brainchild of Limerick artist Una Heaton, who has recreated the Limerick described in the book 'Angela's Ashes'.

Speaking at the opening, an emotional Malachy McCourt said he wasn't sure what his late brother would have thought of the special occasion.

"I'm not sure if he would be highly amused or highly embarrassed, but I'm sure he would have something flippant to say, like, 'I would join ye, but my wings are in the repair shop,'" the 79-year-old joked.

Irish Independent

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