Dermot Bolger

Literature Reviews

Dermot Bolger, Maeve Binchy, Emma Donoghue, Clare Boylan, et al.: Ladies’ Night at Finbar’s Hotel

Chick Lit, or a Victim of Sequelitis? An old adage says that some good things are better left alone – and I’ve certainly found this to be true here, because although this “Finbar” sequel was devised and edited by Dermot Bolger, who also oversaw the original project, I cared decidedly less for this book than […]

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Dermot Bolger, Hugo Hamilton, Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, et al.: Finbar’s Hotel

Longing for love and lost memories in an old Dublin hotel. It’s not exactly Dublin’s first address, the old Finbar’s Hotel on Victoria Quay, overlooking the River Liffey and opposite the palazzo structure of Heuston (erstwhile Kingsbridge) Railway Station – but it’s a place with both character and history: It has survived a fire, among […]

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Dermot Bolger: Night Shift

A ghost train ride through Dublin’s nightly underbelly. “I’ve been riding on a ghost train where the cars, they scream and slam; and I don’t know where I’ll be tonight, but I’d always tell you where I am.” Mark Knopfler: “Tunnel of Love.” It’s a dull, dumbing and exhaustive routine, that night shift at the […]

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