WHAT IS IT?
Quilligan kicks off the Literary Pub Crawl with a song - Waxie's Dargle,
with cheerful lines such as "When food is scarce and you see the hearse
/ You'll know you've died of hunger" - then takes us from the Duke
pub through the cobbled square of Trinity College and into several pubs
in a nearby maze of narrow streets.
quotes at ease from Joyce, Behan, Beckett, Yeats and even James Larkin and
Flann O'Brien, and although he must have said it all 1,000 times, he is
witty, enthusiastic and informative, happy to veer off the mark and into
subjects that wouldn't be covered by the city's tourist brochures, such
as Eamon de Valera's signing, in 1945, of a condolence book for Adolf Hitler...
tour had everything that was lacking from the recorded commentary on the
bus: detail, personality and, once the group is tucked inside a quiet pub,