‘An Mhurúch san Ospidéal’ by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

  An Mhurúch san Ospidéal Dhúisigh sí agus ní raibh a heireaball éisc ann níos mó ach istigh sa leaba léi bhí an dá rud fada fuar seo. Ba dhóigh leat gur gaid mhara iad nó slaimicí feola. ‘Mar mhagadh atá siad ní foláir, Oíche na Coda Móire. Tá leath na foirne as a meabhair [...]

Affixing the Imprimatur, queer art and blasphemy in Cork.

Affixing the Imprimatur, queer art and blasphemy in Cork.

Wherein the definition of art and who gets the imprimatur?   I find myself at a loss regarding how the problem of blasphemy is being discussed in Cork. There has been no art-historical analysis of queer art, there has been little media reference to the issue of the 2006-2009 Defamation Bill, and discussion on one political site [...]

‘Vatican’ by Daragh Breen

Vatican Daragh Breen In a glass specimen-jar in the Vatican Archives is one of the blue bottle flies (Calliphora vormitoria), that festered in Christ's wounded side as He was taken down from the Cross. In the catacombs of the fly's eye is a moon suspended in darkness. On this sphere is a single, mast- like [...]

“Purdah I” by Imtiaz Dharker.

Purdah Iby Imtiaz Dharker.One day they said she was old enough to learn some shame. She found it came quite naturally. Purdah is a kind of safety. The body finds a place to hide. The cloth fans out against the skin much like the earth that falls on coffins after they put dead men in. [...]