Sir - I drove over the Caha mountain range between Cork and Kerry in a clapped-out old Opel Astra to attend the wake of John B Keane, and stood for an hour in a queue among the great and the good, as many saw themselves, in order to pay homage to the greatness of the writer.
I touched his now stilled
fingers as he lay in his open coffin. I wrote about this at the time. However, it does not alter the fact that in today's theatre The Field is not deserving of endless reproductions by Johnny-come-lately actors and producers who see it as a sure thing when getting the face out there.
It is a clod-hoppery work and when John B wrote it, I feel it was not his finest hour. In fact, it is a very embarrassing work which for me has always been hard to watch, or listen to its clunky and barely recognisable dialogue.
To my critics (Letters, Sunday Independent, 10 May), I say, think The Quiet Man on steroids.
Would Al be much of a laugh?
Sir - I recently read about Al Pacino, a good actor no doubt, famous for his Godfather role and others, but now he is doing some one man shows - one of them in Dublin.
Apparently he is selling tickets, not just for the show, but for a chance to dine with him (€8,000) and for a chance to meet with him after the show in his dressing room (€3,000) where you can take selfies and get signed posters. For €30,000 you can actually fly with him in his private jet!
Personally, I'd rather have a burger and chips with Joe MacCarthy of the Dixies somewhere in Cork City. At least you'd be guaranteed a good laugh with the Dixielander.
Not so sure about Al.
Be glad Hitler lost
Sir - Victory in Europe day, which marked the end of World War II was celebrated throughout Europe, but there was hardly a mention of it in the Republic.
Hopefully I'm not the only one glad that Hitler did not triumph and dominate Europe.