Laughing from the sidelines

Satirists are often accused of carping from the margins and achieving nothing – but Garvan Grant, author of a light-hearted new look at Irish history, tells Fiona Ness they contribute to a healthier society.

20th March, 2015
Gerard Crowley and Garvan Grant: the cartoonist and writer have produced a satirical and humorous take on Irish history

As the world went 40 shades of green for St Patrick’s Day last week, there was a lot of chat about what it is to be Irish (a love of Tayto looming large on all the lists). As we head towards the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, that focus on the concept of Irishness can only intensify.

For Dublin native Garvan Grant, author of the enjoyably idiosyncratic new book The True(ish) History of Ireland,...

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