Patrick Kavanagh and The Leader: The Poet, the Politician and the Libel Trial [NOOK Book]

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The story of how Patrick Kavanagh, The Leader magazine and the former and soon to be Taoiseach Liam Costello held the attention of Dublin in one of the most exciting and revealing Irish literary trials of the last century. One of the most traumatic episodes in the poet Patrick Kavanagh’s life was played out in public over two weeks in February 1954. By suing The Leader magazine for defamation, Kavanagh initiated a sensational courtroom showdown with John A. Costello, noted ...

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Patrick Kavanagh and The Leader: The Poet, the Politician and the Libel Trial

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Overview

The story of how Patrick Kavanagh, The Leader magazine and the former and soon to be Taoiseach Liam Costello held the attention of Dublin in one of the most exciting and revealing Irish literary trials of the last century. One of the most traumatic episodes in the poet Patrick Kavanagh’s life was played out in public over two weeks in February 1954. By suing The Leader magazine for defamation, Kavanagh initiated a sensational courtroom showdown with John A. Costello, noted barrister and twice Taoiseach of Ireland.

The country was electrified as Costello’s masterful, relentless cross-examination dissected Kavanagh’s public and private life, and revealed the tensions within Dublin’s literary circle in the 1950s.

When Kavanagh took the case against The Leader he could not have anticipated either the furore it would cause, or that the strain of the trial would shatter his considerable confidence and damage his health.

Pat Walsh is originally from Mayo, but lives and works in Dún Laoghaire. He is the author of The Curious Case of the Mayo Librarian.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856357050
  • Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 2/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 997 KB

Meet the Author

Pat Walsh is a Librarian with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Library Service. Originally from Mayo, he now lives and works in Dún Laoghaire He was intrigued by the story of the Mayo Librarian when he discovered it was one of the few occasions that libraries made national news in Ireland. The result of his research is this fascinating book.
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The story of how Patrick Kavanagh, The Leader magazine and the former and soon to be Taoiseach Liam Costello held the attention of Dublin in one of the most exciting and revealing Irish literary trials of the last century. One of the most traumatic episodes in the poet Patrick Kavanagh’s life was played out in public over two weeks in February 1954. By suing The Leader magazine for defamation, Kavanagh initiated a sensational courtroom showdown with John A. Costello, noted barrister and twice Taoiseach of Ireland.

The country was electrified as Costello’s masterful, relentless cross-examination dissected Kavanagh’s public and private life, and revealed the tensions within Dublin’s literary circle in the 1950s.

When Kavanagh took the case against The Leader he could not have anticipated either the furore it would cause, or that the strain of the trial would shatter his considerable confidence and damage his health.

Pat Walsh is originally from Mayo, but lives and works in Dún Laoghaire. He is the author of The Curious Case of the Mayo Librarian.

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