Author Archives: John Ryan

From top: The first Bloomsday, 1954, from left: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce; Patrick Kavanagh and John Ryan with the door of No. 7 Eccles Street,¬† Bloomsday, 1967.

For the day that’s in it.

As Father’s Day falls on June 16, I would like to take this rare opportunity to acknowledge my late dad John Ryan (beloved of Deirdre) painter, writer, editor and one-man Arts Council to impoverished genius and chancer alike.

Happy Bloomsday.

The First Bloomsday

Pics: National Library of Ireland/Leslie Mallory

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Ex-Monaghan United manager Roddy Collins

On why it’s more than a game.

Cormac Hargaden writes:

I know sport is rarely your bag but we have a football series with a difference running on Setanta Ireland at the moment called Return Of The Rod Squad.
Next Monday night at 10pm the fourth and final episode airs – and among other things, it gearshifts from comedy to tragedy as one of Ireland’s most colourful and toughest men sees his club go bust and his players left without a job.

.Some lighter clips from the programme and full episodes of the original IFTA winning prequel The Rod Squad here.