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Aine MacAodha ~ Poetry and Lens

Aine MacAodha

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Omagh, North Ireland, Ireland
Writer/poet,avid photographer with a great interest in Celtic Myths, Mysticism, crystal healing, orbs in photography, Chemtrails, the sky above and the beauty in the Irish landscape . I live in Omagh North of Ireland where the Sperrin Mountains are my inspiration in any season. I have three poetry books published titled 'Where the Three Rivers Meet' and 'Guth An Anam ~Voice of The Soul and my latest Published by Lapwing Press Belfast, 'Landscape of self'~ You can find my links at top of my blog.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

My Review of 'Lagan love' by Peter Murphy

For more on the author see the link below ~

‘Lagan Love’ by 

At 328 pages this Novel by Peter Murphy is an exciting read. The main characters that include Aidan, Sinead, Janice and Gerry, regularly ignite the smoky air in Grogan’s pub situated in the heart of Dublin city, a pub that the locals love, popular among the citys’ avant garde. Set in the 80’s, Grogan’s has many characters that gather to swap mythologies and stories about lenashee or silkie at the harbour or to slag each other in a ‘terms of endearment way’ that could stun the wide eyed newcomers like Canadian artist Janice, who came to Dublin to study history at Trinity, much to the disapproval of her mother.

Aidan is a northsider Dublin poet who knew about some of the hardships in life but was also very knowledgeable about the literature trail around the city and beyond especially the mythology of the island. He wandered the streets without fear as only a local would. Meeting Canadian Janice was a surprise, born on different sides of life; she a princess to his pauper he reveled in the politics of that divide. She had recognized him from a piece in The Times; he was the next big thing according to his editor Gwen who was also his mysterious muse. He made Janice feel nervous at first but as time went on she felt safe with him strolling along the gritty Dublin streets, every street and building had a history, his old ways warmed her. She thought Aidan was a bit like Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Romance had blossomed along with betrayal and intrigue and that was between friends. Many bridges are crossed; fabled and other wise. It’s the kind of novel that leaves one with questions like how far we would go to succeed with our dreams, how far our dreams would drag us before surrendering to them, or casting them aside for a more simple life, but could an artist do that wholeheartedly?

Ireland from the 80 has changed rapidly which the author portrays before and after with great accuracy and wit, this novel is at times dark but over all a good solid read and once I began reading could not put it down. Like the poet Aidan said,

“In Dublin every night is a celebration for having survived another day” love it ~

Aine MacAodha


1 comment:

Kathleen Kelly said...

I loved this book and eagerly await his next one...great review!!