In 1965, a new play by John B Keane premiered at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. The Field was based on a real-life murder which had happened seven years previously in the Kerry writer’s local community. With its themes of land and its local politics, it seemed to epitomise Ireland at a particular time.
Keane’s representation of themes in rural Irish life came to mind last week as a family tragedy unfolded in Cork,...
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