Save us from the gombeens

What would Flann O’Brien make of the most recent bailout? God knows, but it was worth thinking about on April Fool’s Day

2nd April, 2011
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Last Friday, I sat in the Palace Bar on Fleet Street in central Dublin, listening to a wonderful rendition of Flann O’Brien’s play, Faustus Kelly. It was the anniversary of his death, on April Fool’s Day 1966.

This celebration, called Mylesday, will go some way to rehabilitating the life and times of one of our literary greats. Given the April Fool’s joke that has just been played on the Irish...

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