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Simon O' Connor of the Museum of Literature Ireland

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Sunday, 5 March 2023 - 35 minutes

On tonight's Sunday Show we chat to Simon O' Connor the director of the Museum of Literature Ireland about the The Holy Hour: A Requiem for Brendan Behan, which opens on the 10th March and reframes the long-caricatured Dublin writer and looks at a truer picture of Behan as a man and as an artist. Created by author Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, Poguemahone), the exhibition celebrates the centenary of Behan’s birth, and mourns the essential tragedy of his short life.

In this captivating audio-visual installation, McCabe brings visitors on a profound, often hilarious – and at times almost psychedelic – voyage through glimpses of Behan’s life and work. Through the prism of the Roman Catholic liturgy, McCabe’s Holy Hour blends archive footage, heavy lashings of music, and Behan’s own words to cast the Dublin writer in a more nuanced light.  For more information visit www.moli.ie

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