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The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019

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16.06.2019

This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

IN 2019, THE moveable feast of Father’s Day clashes (or coincides, depending on your point of view) with the literary carnival of Bloomsday – the word carnival appropriately coming from the Latin for “farewell to meat”, as hundreds of people are reminded why they don’t normally include kidneys in their grilled breakfast.

It’s hard to know exactly how many fathers will be neglected by their kids in favour of various Joycean escapades from Sandycove to Eccles Street, but I suspect that even a very low number would be far too high.

In some ways, it is serendipitous that these two events should happen on the same Sunday, given the long shadow cast by father characters in the Irish literary canon.

There are meanies like Bobby’s awful father........

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