Saturday 21 April 2018

Before we moan about 'British' Joyce...

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Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Near the end of Tommie Gorman's reflective film The President In Britain, it was rightly pointed out by Eoghan Harris that perhaps the most important thing said by Michael D, the line that challenged his own side, was the one about supporting England by default in the World Cup.

This was also rightly pointed out here last week, by me, and as a sign of just how right I was, I now have to deal with a new crisis which has erupted in Anglo-Irish relations with The Telegraph claiming James Joyce, Flann O'Brien and John Banville as "British" authors in their selection of the 20 greatest British novels.

When Paddy heard this one, he went berserk. In fact, he got so angry he seemed to forget completely that recent Failte Ireland video which claimed proudly, and wrongly, that Daniel Day-Lewis was one of several Oscar winners born in Ireland.

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