February 22, 2021 – March 25, 2021 all-day
Castle Hacks for Ireland reads

It’s been 80 years since the death of James Joyce in 1941.

For Ireland Reads day on 25 February, we are revisiting “a very fine piece of writing”, a short story from the Dubliners: Ivy Day in the Committee Room, which we invite you to enter through these lines and follow it in any direction you like: “They’re Castle hacks….”

Ivy day in the committee room from Joyce’s Dubliners

“Some of these hillsiders and fenians are a bit too clever if ask me,” said Mr. Henchy. “Do you know what my private and candid opinion is about some of those little jokers? I believe half of them are in the pay of the Castle.”
“There’s no knowing,” said the old man.
“O, but I know it for a fact,” said Mr. Henchy. “They’re Castle hacks…. I don’t say Hynes…. No, damn it, I think he’s a stroke above that…. But there’s a certain little nobleman with a cock-eye — you know the patriot I’m alluding to?”

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