Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 31 January 2017
Book: He Was Galway
In 1929, Liam O’Flaherty’s novel, The House of Gold, became the first book to be banned by the Irish Censorship Board for its references to greed, murder and sex. Although a work of fiction, it was widely known that the book was based on a real family - the McDonogh’s, and in particular, Máirtín Mór McDonogh.
The book adds to the folklore about a man who at one time was the biggest employer in Connacht, a national politician, and an intensely private person. In a fascinating new book called ‘He was Galway’, Jackie Uí Chionna of NUIG investigates who Máirtín Mór really was, and why his family inspired the famous book and she joined us this morning.