Damien Dempsey at the Brendan Behan statue for the launch of the inaugural I.NY cultural festival taking place in Limerick, October 5-15.
The festival “explores and celebrates the relationship between Ireland and New York through a programme of cultural, arts, diaspora and education events” and will feature Damien, Glen Hansard and guitarist Gerry Leonard.
Rare on sale images of Brendan Behan getting arrested and saying his prayers in a Toronto jail in March 1961.
Via The Torontoist:
Behan barrelled into Toronto on Sunday, March 19, 1961, in an unhappy mood. Days earlier, in New York City, he’d been publicly humiliated when he was barred from participating in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade over organisers’ fears he’d be an embarrassing nuisance….
…Although Behan and his wife Beatrice were welcomed by the mayor—who awarded Behan a pair of gold cufflinks and playfully warned him to behave himself—it didn’t take long for the city’s pro-British contingent to make them feel unwelcome.. “We knew, of course,” Beatrice recorded in her memoirs, My Life with Brendan (Nash Publishing, 1973), “that there was a strong Orange feeling in the city and that an Irish Republican like Brendan, despite a reputation as a dramatist, wasn’t welcome….”