Monday 19 February 2018

Ulick's radio daze

Sir -- Surely Ulick O'Connor was indulging in one of his flights of fantasy when, in last week's article, he wrote that James Joyce listened every day to Radio Eireann when he lived in Zurich in the 1940s.

The broadcasting range of the Athlone transmitter of that time hardly extended beyond England. Indeed, Sean O'Casey, living in Torquay during that era, lamented "the irritatingly intermittent reception of Radio Eireann".

It is more likely that Joyce, indulging his own fantasies, would have recreated memories of Radio Eireann.

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