Posts Tagged ‘Edna O’Brien’

Fathers of Influence

In honor of Father’s Day, a collection of remembrances from Irish and Irish-American daughters on their fathers, many of which came from Irish America interviews. ℘℘℘ Eileen Murray, co-chair of Bridgewater Associates “My dad was in WWII, and Korea. He wanted to go to Vietnam, but did not. He felt that when the country neededRead more..

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins presented the 2018 Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for the Irish Abroad on Thursday, November 29. ℘℘℘ Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy and novelist Edna O’Brien (pictured above with the President), are this year’s award winners in the Arts, Culture, and Sport category. In the field of Business and Education,Read more..

Book Notes:
Novelist Edna O’Brien to Become a Dame of the British Empire

It has been reported that renowned Irish novelist Edna O’Brien will be made an honorary Dame of the British Empire for her contributions to the field of literature. Because O’Brien is a native of County Clare, the title will be unofficial. O’Brien jump-started a career of over five decades with her acclaimed debut novel, 1962’sRead more..

Mother, Life, Landscape, and the Connection

Globally-renowned Irish author Edna O’Brien, winner of the 2018 PEN/Nabokov award for achievement in international literature, and many other awards, will receive the Insignia of Commandeur Ordre des Arts et Lettres from the French Minister of Culture on March 7, 2021. (Click here to register for the event on Sunday 3/7). In celebration of Edna’sRead more..

Edna O’Brien at the Lotos Club

On March 29, against the elegant backdrop of books and crystal, sat the elegant Edna O’Brien. Irish America’s editor and co-founder, Patricia Harty, co-hosts Ellen McCourt, Joe & Mary Lou Quinlan and PEN, the international writers’ association, joined together to celebrate O’Brien, one of our greatest living writers, and The Little Red Chairs, her newRead more..

The Little Red Chairs: A New Novel by Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien’s acclaimed new novel, her first in a decade, is reviewed. ℘℘℘ Celts have always believed in an invisible spirit world running parallel to our visible world, a mystical universe that has given Irish storytellers a rich folklore of the supernatural. From this tradition comes the oft-told story (undoubtedly a cautionary tale for impressionable girls)Read more..

An Excerpt from “Country Girl,” Edna O’Brien’s Memoir

In this excerpt from her memoir, Country Girl (2012), Edna O’Brien returns to Ireland to build a house in which she hopes to avail of the “peace that passeth understanding,” only to find that even the best laid plans can go awry. Donegal It was to Donegal, in the most northwestern tip of Ireland, thatRead more..

Country Girl – Edna O’Brien’s New Memoir

Edna O’Brien has published the memoir she swore she’d never write. Readers will be very glad she did. “You can write and I will never forgive you,” said Ernest Gébler, Edna O’Brien’s then husband, after reading her manuscript for The Country Girls. Published in 1960, O’Brien’s honest and intimate portrayal of two young women inRead more..

Roots: The Bold O’Briens

The O’Briens are an illustrious and prominent clan that has shaped the history of Ireland. The name, also spelled O’Bryan or O’Brian, means “of Brian” indicating descendance from Brian Borumha mac Cennetig, or Brian Boru, the celebrated High King of Ireland. Brian Boru (925-1014) received the throne of Thomond (an area which covers much ofRead more..

Quote Unquote

A selection of quotes – some poignant, some hilarious – from Ireland and Irish America.  “The brilliant thing about Edna is that she was never embittered by the terrible experience she had of being rejected, of being castigated and spoken down to from the pulpit. She was always somebody with this extraordinary dignity about her,Read more..