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On the Mitch—OUT NOW!

On the Mitch Cover
Out now! On the Mitch by Michael Smith.

At just six years I started at the De la Salle brothers. Here the vile Brother Ferdinand sexually and physically abused me. A whole class of innocent children cowered under his brutality. No one would listen to us.
So I went on the mitch. I never really learned to read and write, and took to petty crime. Crime led to punishment, and that sent me straight back to Hell: this time in the form of the notorious Daingean “Reform” School.
Getting out meant the gangs, young marriage, and the tough life of the building sites of London.
I managed to survive the abuse of Brother Ferdinand.
Decades passed, and one day, by complete chance, I found he was alive. I tracked him down and confronted him…
Now read the reality of its effects—from the inside out.
This challenging redemption tale also traces a true-blue Dublin heritage—all along the banks of the Royal Canal. It is also a family story whose roots reach back through two centuries of harrowing Irish history—no-holds-barred. Often unsettling. This is not an easy read.

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Speaking at the Launch of “Cut&Paste 2023”: Historians Felix Larkin, Brian Maye; with Des Gunning; actor, Michael Glenn Murphy; TD Matt Shanahan and artist, Michael O’Dea. Missing: Donal Ó Brolcháin and Cormac O’Hanrahan (Editor). Copies of the booklet:

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The Bloomsday Journal 2022 is OUT!

The Bloomsday Journal

The Bloomsday Journal, 12 pages of Joycean intrigue, will be on the streets today! Outlets are the James Joyce Tower and Museum, The James Joyce Centre, Books Upstairs, Davy Byrnes, Ulysses Rare Books. Articles by Senan Molony, Cormac O’Hanrahan & Val O’Donnell. Also the programme of the James Joyce Symposium and the James Joyce Song Sheet including Joycean revelry from Andrew Basquille. All for €2 plus postage if ordering online.