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O’Connor adaptation is a real crowd pleaser and more

Theatre: God Bless the Child. By Frank O’Connor. Adapted and directed by Patrick Talbot. Gaiety Theatre. Runs until April 11. Rating: ***. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch

22nd April, 2015

Frank O’Connor was not always a popular man in his home country. While WB Yeats and John F Kennedy were among the Cork writer’s fans, many of his books were banned here and the Irish Press dubbed him “an anti-Irish Irishman”. Patrick Kavanagh wrote a nasty essay called Coloured Balloons that accused him of dumbing down and becoming just another populist showman.

Kavanagh would not be impressed by God...

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