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“Early Irish literature contains many tales of pagan goddesses and other supernatural women.  Since the period in which the tales were committed to writing was Christian, the goddesses were no longer worshipped [sic], and their role in the literature became a non-religious one.  Some goddesses were euhemerized; that is, they were made into pseudo-historical queens and tribal ancestors.  Other goddesses became fairies or saints.  Historical queens, fairies, and saints were all accepted as part of the new Christian conception of the world; goddesses were not.     The Morrígan, goddess of war, was not easily changed.  It was very difficult for the early Irish writers to fit her into their new system.  She therefore remained a goddess.  While Brigit became a saint, and Medb became a mortal queen…the Morrígan remained unchanged.” Rosalind Clark, The Great Queens


“It’s a lesson still being absorbed that small Irish towns are utterly unsuited to the conventions of literary realism, and in opting instead for this anarchic symphony – the book is a kind of wind machine blowing out gales of yammer and yap – he evolved a narrative structure capable of snagging the native genius of such places, which exists in their talk, in all the sweetly mouthed barbs and in the sour banter, and in the dark recesses of the Irish pause, too, that place of silent taunt and silent tussle. The conversation here is almost never about what’s being said.”  Máirtín Ó Cadhain


“Literature above all is a mode of transport. It lifts you up out of whatever situation you’re in and it puts you down somewhere else. It fucking escapes you. That’s what literature is.”          Kevin Barry in an interview with Jonathan Lee in The Paris Review