Monday 15 October 2018

The Cruiser: a man ahead of our time

Making Conor Cruise O'Brien a figure of fun and caricaturing him in film didn't mar his legacy, writes Eoghan Harris

'Stoic patriot': Conor Cruise O’Brien. Photo: Tony Gavin
'Stoic patriot': Conor Cruise O’Brien. Photo: Tony Gavin
Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Conor Cruise O'Brien was born 100 years ago this year. Trinity College is marking his birth with a major symposium next Thursday and Friday.

Marking, not just celebrating. Looking down the list of speakers, my hunch is that it includes marginally more critics than stout defenders.

That is as it should be. 'The Cruiser' neither lacked nor feared critics at home - and in my time they were a pretty toxic bunch.

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