Brendan Behan pp 185-186 | Cite as

‘We Don’t Have Leprechauns, Paddys and Magic Mists’

  • E. H. Mikhail


Among the millions who celebrated St Patrick’s Day last week was raffish playwright Brendan Behan, the sweet singer of Dublin, who was in the US to star in the new revue Impulse! Barred as ‘disorderly’ from the New York parade by the committee chairman (a judge), Behan spent the day in Jersey City exile. Strolling about the streets like a Gaelic Pied Piper, the ‘leader of the banned’ let fly on many subjects. Some samples:

Ireland’s Irish: ‘I’ll tell you what I miss about Ireland, and it’s this: it’s the scurrility—the things they say to, and about, one another.’


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