Unheroic tales of Irish who rode the range

How The Irish Won The West, by Myles Dungan, New Island, €24.95.

2nd December, 2006

How The Irish Won The West, by Myles Dungan, New Island, €24.95.

The opening scene of John Ford’s majestic and magisterial western, The Searchers, is shot through a doorway looking on an arid landscape of mesa and monumental buttes.

The title says ‘Texas 1868’ but it’s sleight of hand – or a trompe l’oeil – for what the audience is looking at through the door isn’t Texas, it’s far-off Monument Valley on the...

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