Monday 11 December 2017

Under the creative influence of sobriety

Declan Lynch acknowledges with some reluctance that there may be merit in giving up the drink

IRAN into Gerard Mannix Flynn on the street the other day, just outside Trinity College. And as we talked, celebrating the miracle of being alive, it struck me that Mannix and I both decided to give up the drink around the same time in the mid-Nineties.

And since then I have written three novels, three books of non-fiction, and a play, as well as numerous newspaper articles, while Mannix has created well-known installations around the issue of institutional torture, has been elected as a local councillor for Dublin South East Inner City, and has written a play called James X, which he is about to perform in the Abbey theatre for three nights, starting next Thursday.

In passing, Mannix has also been made a member of Aosdana, and he has an excellent chance of becoming a TD at the next general election.

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