The senchaithe were traditional Irish storytellers, traveling poets, artists and historians who traveled the island to feast the audience on ancient traditions. They thrived for centuries, custodians of a rich oral tradition, before dying out in the age of radio and television, their charm broken, their services seemingly no longer
Rob Doyle’s selection of ‘the experimental strain of Irish writing’ ranges from Jonathan Swift to June Caldwell, including Flann O’Brien, Dorothy Nelson and Aidan Higgins. Doyle doesn’t pretend much and is hesitant in his introduction to 23 pieces of the off road, Irish writing whimsical or surreal ski slope, assembled
We are delighted to present you an excerpt from A dose of sixty drops of Laudanum, originally published in 1839 by James Clarence Mangan (1803-1849) and taken from the fascinating new anthology The other Irish tradition, edited by Rob Doyle. Irish writing, we are told, is currently experiencing a renaissance.