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Responses to The Country Girls Trilogy

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy made headlines internationally owing to censorship in Ireland. Condemned by one church leader as “a smear on Irish womanhood”, the book was even publicly burnt in Clare. Yet to others, the book was a revelation, enjoying unprecedented readership among young Irish readers, women in particular. This talk by  historian Donal Fallon will examine reactions to O’Brien’s work, both positive and negative, in the context of the Ireland of the time. 

Venue

Ballymun Library, Main Street Ballymun, Dublin, 9

Time

April 1 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking advisable

The Country Girls at The Abbey Theatre

Edna O’Brien revisits her era-defining debut novel in a new stage adaptation of The Country Girls at The Abbey Theatre from 23rd February to 6th April. Directed by Graham McLaren. After the Dublin run, The Country Girls will go on a national tour.

 

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Venue

The Abbey Theatre, Abbey Street Dublin 1,

Time

April 1 at 7:30 pm - April 6 at 9:30 pm

Tickets

€13 – €45

Booking

Booking essential

Reading Dublin One City One Book

 

Presented by Garrett Fagan, students read a variety of books chosen to relate thematically to the 2019 Dublin One City One Book choice. No prior knowledge is required for this course beyond an enjoyment and an interest in reading and in finding out more about your city.

Venue

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Time

April 3 at 10:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until 24 April 2019

Tickets

€100

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Evil Literature: Banned Books in the Collections of Dublin City Library & Archive – BOOKED OUT

BOOKED OUT

Join us for the launch of the new Dublin City Libraries exhibition on banned books, Evil Literature. This exhibition is based on the collections of Dublin City Reading Room and Dublin City Archives. Following the launch and refreshments, there will be a discussion on the history of book censorship in Ireland with Dr Margaret Kelleher of UCD, Tom Quinlan, Keeper of the National Archives and historian Donal Fallon. The discussion will be moderated by Sunday Independent Literary Editor, Madeline Keane. 

 

BOOKED OUT

Venue

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Time

April 3 at 6:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Film Screening: The Country Girls (1983)

Irish Film Institute and Dublin One City One Book present a trilogy of films directed by Desmond Davis with screenplays by Edna O’Brien.

The Country Girls (1983)

School friends Kate (Maeve Germaine) and Baba (Jill Doyle) yearn to escape their small-town lives of dull mediocrity. Their boisterous antics lead to expulsion from their convent school and catch the eye of local solicitor Mr Gentleman (Sam Neill) who introduces teenage Kate to the world of adult relationships. 1983/84 mins/Colour

Tickets in person at IFI box office or on website www.ifi.ie

 

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Venue

IFI, Eustace St Dublin 2,

Time

April 3 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

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Kitchen Promises: Keeping Country Girls at Home with Rural Electrification

A talk by Dr. Sorcha O’Brien of Kingston University London, who is a design historian specialising in technology and identity in Ireland.

Venue

Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin 14

Time

April 3 at 7:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Musical Tales at Farmleigh House

Musical Tales is a concert presented by the Contemporary Music Centre that is aimed at encouraging new audiences to engage with the vibrant world of contemporary music by highlighting the rich connections between composers from Ireland and the chosen books for Dublin: One City, One Book

Curator & Music – This year, curator Jane O’Leary, herself a composer, has chosen short works by Eibhlís Farrell, Amanda Feery, David Fennessy, Marian Ingoldsby, Finola Merivale and Joan Trimble, which have a connection in some way with the 2019 chosen book ‘The Country Girls Trilogy’ by Edna O’Brien, be it through themes, era, characters, places, ideas, sounds, images, etc.  

Performers – Musical Tales is a relaxed informal performance, presented in the welcoming atmosphere of Farmleigh House by students of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama at the Technological University for Dublin, with support from their teachers.

Interviews with Composers – To open the concert, and in between the performances of these short works, composers whose works are featured in the concert are invited by Evonne Ferguson, CMC Director, along with Jane O’Leary, to give an insight into the inspiration for their works, the very personal process of composing these works and their relationships with the works performed.

Readings from the Book – Prior to the performance of each work, Linda O’Shea Farren of CMC will read the relevant section of The Country Girls, illustrating the connections between the music being performed and the book.

Tickets €5 per ticket or €15 for family tickets (4)

Venue

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park Castleknock, Dublin 15

Time

April 6 at 3:00 pm

Tickets

€5

Booking

The Country Girls at the Abbey Theatre: A Post-Show Talk

Join us after the Saturday matinee of The Country Girls for a talk-back session with members of the Abbey theatre production.

Venue

The Abbey Theatre, Abbey Street Dublin 1,

Time

April 6 at 3:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Music and Readings at Pearse Museum

The Rathfarnham Concert Band and Habemus Choir will perform music of the 1950s and 1960s with readings from The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien performed by author Zoe Miller.

Venue

Pearse Museum, Saint Enda's Park, Grange Road Rathfarnham, Dublin 16,

Time

April 7 at 3:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Responses to The Country Girls Trilogy

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy made headlines internationally owing to censorship in Ireland. Condemned by one church leader as “a smear on Irish womanhood”, the book was even publicly burnt in Clare. Yet to others, the book was a revelation, enjoying unprecedented readership among young Irish readers, women in particular. This talk by  historian Donal Fallon will examine reactions to O’Brien’s work, both positive and negative, in the context of the Ireland of the time. 

Venue

Walkinstown Library, Percy French Road Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Time

April 8 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

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Welcome to Flatland: Irish Women’s Experiences in the 1960s, from Rural to Urban

During the 1960s, women in Ireland experienced many changes, which often included the major upheaval of moving from a rural to an urban environment. Deirdre Foley, recent recipient of the McCurtain/Cullen prize, awarded by the Women’s History Association of Ireland, will look at the differing life experiences of “country” and “city” girls and the new lives that awaited the young women who moved into areas such as Rathmines and the other outposts of Dublin’s flatland.

Venue

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road Dublin 6,

Time

April 8 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking advisable

The Book on One

RTÉ Radio One’s The Book on One will feature readings from The Country Girls Trilogy nightly at 11.20pm from Monday to Thursday across the month of April, starting on Monday 8th April. 

Time

April 8 at 11:20 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 18 March 2019 at 11:20pm

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Censorship in 20th Century Ireland

Historian Dónal Fallon will examine Irish literary censorship in the twentieth century, placing the banning of Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls in the context of the time, and looking at other high profile victims of Irish literary censorship, including Seán Ó Faoláin, Brendan Behan and others.

All welcome.

 

Dónal Fallon is a historian and writer based in Dublin. He has been published in History Ireland, Jacobin, the Irish Independent, Totally Dublin and other diverse outlets. From 2014 to September 2016, he was the resident historian to Newstalk Breakfast. He has worked with Dublin City Council (on the ‘My Area in 1916’ project), the Little Museum of Dublin and published a number of books, including a study of the Nelson Pillar.

Venue

Malahide Library, Main Street Malahide, Co Dublin

Time

April 9 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

History Ireland Hedge School

Join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and panel for a lively discussion on censorship in Ireland. This hedge school is inspired by this year’s Dublin One City One Book choice The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien.

All welcome.

Venue

National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street Dublin 2,

Time

April 9 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

Film Screening: The Girl with Green Eyes

Irish Film Institute and Dublin One City One Book present films by directed by Desmond Davis with screen plays by Edna O’Brien.

THE GIRL WITH GREEN EYES (1963)

Girl with Green Eyes (adapted from The Lonely Girl) details the exploits of naive Co Clare teenager Kate Brady (a captivating Rita Tushingham) and her exuberant flatmate Baba Brennan (Lynn Redgrave) as they discover the temptations of Dublin city life including a doomed affair with an urbane middle-aged writer (Peter Finch).  The film is particularly rewarding for its array of Dublin locations. 1964/91 mins/B/W

Tickets in person at IFI box office or at www.ifi.ie

 

Venue

IFI, Eustace St Dublin 2,

Time

April 10 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

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The Work and the Archive: Researching Edna O’Brien’s Papers at UCD

Edna O’Brien is one of the true giants of Irish literature. Her earliest work was banned by the Irish state, while sixty years later her novels continue to provoke controversy and debate. In recognition of her influential place in Irish culture and society, and to celebrate The Country Girls Trilogy as this year’s Dublin One City One Book, University College Dublin invites you to visit the James Joyce Library, where the the author’s papers (1996-2006) are held. Join Special Collections Librarian Evelyn Flanagan and Irish Research Council Scholar Dan O’Brien as they discuss archives in general and Edna O’Brien’s in particular. See how the letters light up the fiction, how the archive illuminates the work.

 

Coming of Age Novels

Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls vividly captures the emotional texture of a young woman’s life in 1950s Ireland. Like all great coming of age novels – Jane Eyre; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – it distils into the story of one life the collective story of a generation. Join us to discuss O’Brien’s novel, and why coming of age stories are so powerfully resonant for readers. With authors Catherine Dunne and Alan McMonagle, chaired by Michael G. Cronin, lecturer in English at Maynooth University.

Michael G. Cronin is the author of Impure Thoughts: sexuality, Catholicism and literature in twentieth-century Ireland

Catherine Dunne is the author of ten published novels. Her one work of non-fiction, An Unconsidered People, is a social history that explores the lives of Irish immigrants in London in the 1950’s.Among her novels are: The Things We Know Now, which won the Giovanni Boccaccio International Prize for Fiction in 2013 and was shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. The Years That Followed was published in 2016 and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. She is this year’s recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Contribution to Irish Literature.

Alan McMonagle has written for radio, published two collections of short stories: Liar, Liar and Psychotic Episodes – both of which were nominated for the Frank O’Connor Award – and contributed stories to many journals in Ireland and North America. His debut novel, Ithaca, was published in 2017 and was longlisted for the 2019 Dublin Literary Award.

Venue

Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Time

April 11 at 6:30 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Girl Trouble: Controversy and The Country Girls

Edna O’Brien was one of five finalists in 2018’s ‘Clare’s Greatest Ever Person’ contest. Nominated by the public, even our President did not make the short list! That O’Brien is regarded today with such respect and appreciation by the people of Clare represents a significant change since she published her first novel in 1960, when the novel and its creator were widely condemned. A talk by Maureen O’Connor, who lectures in the School of English at University College Cork. 

O’Connor has published widely in Irish Studies and is the author of The Female and the Species: The Animal in Irish Women’s Writing (2010). She recently completed a book-length study of O’Brien’s fiction and is currently working on a monograph on nature and nation in the writing of Irish first-wave feminists.

All welcome.

Venue

Ballyroan Library, Orchardstown Avenue, Rathfarnham

Time

April 11 at 7:00 pm

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking not necessary

The Country Girls Writing Workshops – with Catherine Dunne

 Follow the Story – Catherine Dunne

Based on her experiences of researching and writing An Unconsidered People, Catherine Dunne’s workshop will focus on some of the key issues that arise when preparing an interview. Background research is essential: it gives direction to the interview and highlights the issues for discussion. Listening is as important as the questions we ask. ‘Open questions’ help as does a willingness to ‘follow the story’ – going where the interviewee leads. It’s essential to be ethical. Sometimes, people reveal more than they intend. Their interests must be protected. Finally, the mechanics of transcribing will be explored as will editing the interview. What do we include? What do we leave out? How do we decide?

The Irish Writers Centre is paying homage to The Country Girls Trilogy and 1950s Ireland with bespoke offerings arising from themes in the books. Workshops will cover: researching social history for authentic writing about a period, or: giving literary voice to marginalised groups. Others will explore developing a character over time and into book sequels and the tricky task of writing sensual stories with the uncompromising flair of Edna O’Brien. Finally, we present a panel discussion focusing on class and urban/rural divides in Irish society, which are so evident in O’Brien’s writing – how do they manifest in Irish literature in 2019?  

Featuring some of our most acclaimed Irish writers including Catherine Dunne, Nuala O’Connor, Dermot Bolger and Colm Keegan these free events are taking place in the Irish Writers Centre.

Funded by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature

Venue

Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North

Time

April 13 at 10:00 am

Tickets

Free

Booking

Booking essential

Turning Memory into Fiction with Sarah Maria Griffin, DLR Writer in Residence

Writer Sarah Maria Griffin will look at some work that excels at reconstructing memory into poetry or prose, and participants will respond to it, developing their own fragments of work. Sarah will assist participants with framing their experience, taking them from their internal world onto the page. Limited places available.

Venue

DLR LexIcon, Level 5, Room 2 Dun Laoghaire,

Time

April 13 at 11:00 am

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