Friday 23 March 2018

Swift halt to poet's odes on a pub wall

Craig Hughes

A LECTURER at Trinity College, Dublin, was arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning -- for writing poetry on the side of a pub wall.

Paul Horan -- a nursing lecturer and a published poet -- began writing poetry on the side of the Tavern Pub in Carlow town, where he had been celebrating his 41st birthday.

Mr Horan was observed writing the poetry by members of An Garda Siochana at around 7am. He was arrested and cautioned for criminal damage.

He was released a short time later.

Mr Horan, who grew up in Carlow, had been inscribing a verse written many years ago by Jonathan Swift about Carlow town, which read: "Small town, poor people; high church, low steeple."

Mr Horan has since written a letter to the pub apologising for the incident -- but the poet has also expressed his confusion and annoyance over the entire situation.

"I am a bit perturbed that anyone could be arrested for recreating art. I didn't understand the difference between expressing art on paper and the side of a building," said Horan.

"I don't understand how the guards have the time to arrest me when there's people out there who are doing much worse than me," he added.

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