I.NY festival event, hosted by Dance Limerick.
"One doesn't so much have a conversation with Malachy McCourt as furnish him with an audience. To chat with him is to be pelted with brilliant one-liners, jokes, grand declarations and gritty truths. His previous incarnations as an actor, a celebrity bar owner, a poet and, eventually, a politician are writ large in our conversation. He is a frightfully fun conversationalist, and uproarious, over-the-top company."
So writes Tanya Sweeney to open her recent Irish Times interview with author, actor, publican, poet, Limerickman, New Yorker... Malachy McCourt. Born in New York, then raised in Limerick before moving back to New York in his early twenties, Malachy is the second youngest of the McCourt family, a family made famous of course through the story of Angela's Ashes. He returns to Limerick for an evening in conversation with Tanya, where they will lead from their Irish Times interview, and touch on the McCourt family story and legacy, Malachy's young life in Ireland and adult life in New York, his personal experience of the wider New York Irish story, and much more across 90 minutes of story, readings and music.
Tanya Sweeney is a freelance journalist and author. She is a graduate of Maynooth University, and writes for The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail and Evoke.ie among other publications.
This conversation is part of the I.NY 2019 partnership with the Irish Times.
Through a combination of performance platforms, residency opportunities, master classes, talks and lectures, Dance Limerick will advocate for artistic dialogue and exchange. In collaboration with dance artists across a range of practices, Dance Limerick will promote the creation of new and innovative work and will devise programmes of access, engagement and participation for the wider public.
Based at the premises of the former Daghdha Dance Company, Dance Limerick houses offices and a fully equipped studio space along with a separate performance venue known as the Daghda Space
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