Another character sketch chapter "Brian of the Many Masks" illustrates the life and work of Brian O'Nolan, also known as Myles na Gopaleen
or Flann O'Brien, author of At-Swim-Two-Birds.
So imagine when my iced water and blood pressure checks were accompanied by a piece published first in the 1940s by one of the greats of Irish writing, Brian O' Nolan, known to avid readers of comic novels like me as Flann O'Brien and to readers of the Irish Times as Myles na Gopaleen.
bar] WORD PERFECT: A dose of Myles na Gopaleen is just what the doctor ordered
See Myles na Gopaleen, "Finnegan," The Hair of the Dogma: A Further Selection from "Cruiskeen Lawn," ed.
6) Myles na Gopaleen, "Cruiskeen Lawn," Irish Times (4 February 1965), quoted in Anne Clissmann, Flann O'Brien: A Critical Introduction to his Writings (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1975), 78.
He wrote novels under the pen name Flann O'Brien, and for twenty-six years contributed his column "Cruiskeen Lawn" to the Irish Times as well as his Gaelic comedic masterpiece An beal bocht under the pseudonym Myles na Gopaleen
Whether by happenstance or design, while the Abbey was presenting Boucicault's Myles-na-Coppaleen upstairs, the Peacock Theatre downstairs--the Abbey's experimental wing--was mounting an adaptation of At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann O'Brien, better known by the nom de plume Myles Na Gopaleen
(a variation of Boucicault's spelling), whose Irish Times column, "Cruiskeen Lawn" was the "Doonesbury" of its time.
More recently, Declan Kiberd accused the Stage-Irishman side of Myles na Gopaleen
(with the later spelling used by O'Brien, after Boucicault) of entrapping Flann O'Brien in the limitations of the colonial subject towards his metropolitan center: when Myles "succumbed to the temptation to placate his newspaper audience," Flann O'Brien took on the role of licensed jester, which led him to "exploit, rather than express, his material" (512), in the hope of reaching London audiences.
The event of Bloomsday was inspired by Ryan who dug up two old broughams for the ride to all the places mentioned in Ulysses, with a crew of joyful Joyceans: Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, Con Leventhal, and Flann O'Brien--better known as Myles na Gopaleen
of the Irish Times.
O'Brien, a novelist and satirist, was actually three in one--an entity the novelist Dermot Bolger has called "that wondrous multi-layered mind which singularly comprised the Unholy Trinity of Flann O'Brien, Brian O'Nolan and Myles na Gopaleen
Some of the loyal poets and artists included in this tribute are: Thomas Kinsella, Knute Skinner, Eamonn Wall, Myles Na Gopaleen
(Flarm O'Brien), Philip Casey, Daniel Tobin, Charles Bukowski, Dermot Bolger, Liam O'Connor, John Montague, Jim Chapson and Michael Hartnett, among others.
It is also revealed that after the modest success of At Swim-Two-Birds, O'Brien had difficulty getting his work published and that this increased his dependence on the fast recognition derived from the newspaper columns written for the Irish Times, under the pseudonym Myles na Gopaleen