Tag Archives: Brendan Behan


BBC’s Tonight show

A relaxed Brendan Behan in conversation with English actor and presenter Derek Hart. The latter going full plummy.


Any excuse.

Previously: Shoot Me In My Absence

In fairness.

Artist, anyone?



Waterford city.

John Gallen writes:

A small teaser of three of the new walls to be seen for 2019’s Waterford Walls this weekend,

Of the three pieces pictured…

Artist: Taquen – image of a woman. Can be seen on Thomas Street .

Artist: Colour Hive – image under the archway.Can be seen under the arch on Great George’s Street.

Artist: Nina Valkhoff – green image with foxes. Can be seen on Gracedieu Road.

Waterford Walls

Last night.

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

Mark Corcoran (top right) representing The Students of DIT Societies presented Game of Thrones actor and DIT alum Liam Cunningham, with the Brendan Behan Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to the arts and in recognition of his humanitarian work’.

The Award was established in 2016 by the students of DIT Societies to acknowledge those who have demonstrated excellence in the area of the arts, culture and the media.

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

This afternoon

Royal Canal, Dorset Lane, Drumcondra, Dublin

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.

This Is NY

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Previously: Johnny Keenan reviews Damien Dempsey at the Iveagh Gardens


He tried.

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….”

Historicist: One Drink Too Many, and a Thousand Not Enough (Torontoist)

Thanks Sibling of Daedalus