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giant American book publishing electronic this week launched the electronic edition of Gerard Hannan Limerickman? s controversial national best-seller? ASH? which was written and published in response to Frank McCourt? s international multi-million sales ANGELA? ASH S.


Kathy Lindenmayer, associate editor at Greatunpublished,? I can say unequivocally that Mr Hannan is the first Irish writer, whose book is available worldwide both as an electronic book and the title of pocket and we are very excited and happy about the launch.?

Hannan, who is about to embark on a short U.S. tour opening promotion with a speech at the College of Charleston in October confirmed his enthusiasm at the prospect of worldwide sales for his book.

? Since the beginning of my campaign to get the other side of Frank McCourt? s story said that I never dreamed that a chance like this would thus? he said this week.

Hannan is also hoping that his second book? TIS IN ME ASS? Greatunpublished will also be available later this month.


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other newspapers had to say about this debate:

There was an old town …

Paul Daffey / Evening Standard

Two families have been feuding over the ascendancy in the drug trade. A member of a family walking along a path, when a car approached the curb. A member of the opposing family jumped from the car and the pedestrian stabbed in the stomach – with a fork


weapon of choice threw a touch of a fairy rural areas. It was emblematic of an Ireland which, in the last decades of the last century, was arguing with himself in the path of the dynamic urban rural backwater.

The incident

fork could have taken place in Dublin or Cork, Galway perhaps even the spirit of light, but somehow this seems unlikely. True or false, it suggests the merit of Limerick’s reputation as a city Stab.

a reputation that hates Limerick, largely because it is in bad taste, but also because the nickname was applied 30 years ago and the city has changed since then.

In the 70s, the development of high-tech industries and the University of Limerick, who specializes in science and technology, has brought a measure of the richness and vitality of the city. But it also created an income gap, with residents of the subdivisions strong feeling the new order.

Crime and violence were the inevitable result. The rest of the country was under the impression that the stab wounds were common. It titillated some to think of Limerick, with its reputation for interior and devout Catholic, as a bloody border.

Violence in Limerick

decreased in the 90’s, after, among other things, the formation of “fight against poverty” groups with funding from the European Union. The EU money was also put towards the restoration of buildings fading in the city.

Civic Trust, formed in the late 80’s that the body first restaurant in Ireland, helped give the city a facelift which brought impressed the rest of the country, but not enough to stop the insults and jeers stabbing .

Limerick is proud of his recovery, but after years of contempt, it is defensive. When the phenomenon of diffusion Angela’s Ashes madness of the city in the world, it became too much for some.

Frank McCourt

representation of poverty in the city by the River Shannon in the 1930’s and 40 raised the indignation of a resident so that the time to write a retort. Ash, the memories of Gerard Hannan rose to a childhood in Limerick, has not set sales records, but the author believes his publication a success.


pejoratively in message Limerick as a bookseller and DJ part time, Hannan was reported in this newspaper as saying that Angela’s Ashes should be reclassified as fiction.

“I think it was a successful campaign because there are people now saying it (the book) is not 100 percent accurate. It is the object of the exercise, then mission accomplished . ”

His crusade

also includes discussion sessions on his radio program. A good percentage of the appellants to support its sunny the past of the city. The dissidents, according to the Limerick Post, cut, an act described in the paper on its website as a school bully. The fact that it interviewed 65 votes in the last local elections only adds to their contempt.

“It can hardly be said to represent the views of the people of Limerick,” said the Post. “Although McCourt acknowledges hold up our city’s past to ridicule and condemnation, he, under cover be champion of Limerick, is only to expose our modern Limerick to mockery. ”

Frank Larkin, the public relations officer for Shannon Development, said half of the city claims poverty is exaggerated in the book. “People feel it reflects badly. They claim that they had happy childhoods and were happy to Limerick. You have this dichotomy of the discussion. But there is certainly a contrast between what Frank McCourt described and TODAY ‘Today. ”

said Alan Parker, the creator of the film, Angela’s Ashes, just turned in Limerick because the city now lacks the necessary decay. “We were not able to reach one of these buildings and streets, because there was not left. They had to go to Dublin and Cork to find dilapidated buildings and abandoned … corridors nothing against the people of Dublin and Cork. ”

Larkin was unable to put a figure on the importance of Angela Ashes to the city, although he admits he has become a huge selling point. Other attractions include castles, cathedrals, Georgian architecture, Limerick Expo in March and the Marching Band Festival, also in March, which attracts 40,000 people.

The city

push – push and elsewhere in Ireland – to improve the poor quality mid-range restaurants has led the International Food Festival, held annually, and the Good Food Circle Restaurants. We tried to do the Mughal Emperor in Henry Street, where the food was a bit like Indian food anywhere in the Western world.


could be trying to improve his culinary position, but he has no doubts about his sporting prowess. The city pounding his chest, to be sporting capital of Ireland. It is at best a dubious assertion, but is supported at each fall of Limerick hosts the fighting between the Munster rugby and touring alongside the Antipodes. Munster, the province takes in six counties of Ireland’s southwest, team attacks on tour with a fervor that inevitably attracts “Gael Force” newspapers. In 1978, the attack was so effective that the Munster defeat in New Zealand, a feat that was barely believe throughout Europe, much less in New Zealand. The victory is only an Irish side victory over the All Blacks and it is not surprising that each player was guaranteed free pints for life.

a more modest level, Limerick will soon be home to Ireland the first 50-meter pool. In recent years, it hosted the World Medical Games and the United Kingdom and Ireland Corporate Games. World Cup Soccer for lawyers is also on the list of accomplishments, but then the city is trying too hard when he celebrates the host of thousands of lawyers.

The city has every right, however, to claim a rich history. Its charter of the city, written in 1197, is the oldest in the British Isles, including Ireland and Great Britain, and the castle of King John is a feature of the city heritage. The castle, built in the early 13th century, was the stronghold of the British Empire in the west of Ireland and its presence is a reminder of the struggles of Limerick under a hated foreign power. City heritage project also includes the Castle Lane, which is the reconstruction of a street from two centuries ago.

Below are the

docks, which undergo a metamorphosis not seen since the Vikings sailed up the Shannon in the ninth century. A handful of pubs in the city have also been renovated. Some are modern and bright, but I preferred those with a traditional touch, such as WJ south on O’Connell Street. South is where Uncle Pa Keating purchased the 16 years, Frank McCourt’s first pint. It looks like your average Irish pub poky street but opens generously on the inside. It was a room for the men in the way of Limerick, and now customers range from young professionals aged regulars. The floor and decor were cleaned and decorated with Pa Keating would probably wonder where all the sawdust on the floor was gone. The bulldust, however, remains on the ground as thick as ever.

the banter of Limerick is a pleasure. Wit and irony are all staples and phrases come with a nice pace. The emphasis is less distinctive than the background singing in Cork neighbors, but since the publication of Angela’s Ashes, the language of Limerick is among the most distinctive in the world. Who, if anyone had any doubts, just goes to show that the pen is mightier than the fork.

struggles of the artist

When you’re Jewish, Irish or Palestinian

The question of identity is troubling.

Gary Younge

/ Guardian Newspaper

Josephine is online

four. “How are you German?” She cries in the night in Limerick radio DJ Gerard Hannan. It does not need to say who she is. Hannan recognized his voice. Whispering as Phyllis, Breeda Giggling, Peg, who sings a song on the phone once a week, and Jim Oola, who loves to play the tunes listeners of his gramophone, Josephine is a regular who punctuates Limerick in the late evening waves with local banter.

the opening night film, Angela’s Ashes, the Pulitzer Prize for history of childhood poverty in Limerick Frank McCourt, and Josephine is in the mood for souvenirs. Josephine said she used to play bingo with Angela and she can not identify with the character portrayed in the book wan. “She had large, the jaws of fat and his body was as fat as me,” she said. “I am the same age as Frank McCourt and I do not remember the cobblestones or something like that.”

And this continues all night, most nights. With the encouragement Hannan – he has already made a name and is quick to make a career of criticizing the book – the older citizens of Limerick called to complain that their history has not been said. “Poverty is no disgrace, but it has distorted the innocent people of this city,” said Hannan. McCourt was born in America, came to Limerick as a young boy and left for the States as a young man.

“He came here in America, he does not like and then he left. But many people stayed and made a life there and there was a great spirit that is not reflected in Angela’s Ashes, which is the fruit of bitterness and begrudgery. When they [the older citizens of Limerick] back on their childhood, they do not see themselves as miserable, the Irish Catholics. This is a beautifully written book. But this is not the real Limerick. My problem is he should call it what it was: a work of fiction. ”

But it’s just a battle between fiction and reality. Some blame McCourt to deviate from the truth by exaggerating his education in the impoverished streets, but are even more annoyed by the fact that it remained too true to real life by putting the names of local people is real in the book on the accounts of the sexual life of his mother. Many will say, in the same sentence, he was both too honest and too honest.

What is at stake here is the question of authenticity. This is a fault line that goes beyond the pages of Angela’s Ashes and the streets of Limerick for arbitrary codes and signifiers that define identity. This is the yardstick we use to determine who is and who is not eligible for inclusion in the range of tribes that are at our disposal such as class, religion, race, ethnicity and region. It provides the parameters to describe who we are, and often what we say.

The consequences of these problems are far from academic. In Israel, a debate rages over which, for purposes of immigration, qualifies as a Jew. When the country’s legislation was passed back in 1950, anyone, even one Jewish grandparent had an automatic right to Israeli citizenship. Now that people of Jewish origin are pouring in from Eastern Europe there is a movement to redefine what it means to be a Jew. “These are not people who suffer from anti-Semitism or have a link with the Jewish people,” said Yuli Edelstein, Deputy Chairman of the Knesset. If they do change the rules, it could mean that people who were sufficiently Jewish to be gassed by the Nazis will not Jewish enough to enter Israel.

You can hear it in John Prescott tortured accounts of his own social status. A few years ago when he was deputy head of the opposition, it caused great intrigue in describing themselves as “middle class”. Last year, when he was on a higher salary and greater holding power than the Deputy Prime Minister, he returned to the masses. “Make no mistake about it. I am proud to be working class,” he said. “I do not change my attitude or culture or even my voice is my grammar correct.”

Last year, critics of the intellectual Edward Said, raised doubts about his credibility as a refugee as a way to try to discredit all of his work on the Middle East. “I never had much respect for the intellectual integrity of Professor Said,” said a spokesman for the former right-wing government in Israel. “This proves that my suspicions were not unfounded.” L The attack put words in the Kafkaesque situation brandishing documents to prove that it is in fact that he always said he was.

But there was more at stake, he believed that his own integrity. “It is an attempt,” said Said, “to anticipate the process of return and compensation for the Palestinians. It’s a way to advance the argument that the Palestinians have never belonged to Palestine … If someone like Edward Said is a liar, runs the argument, how can we believe all those farmers who say they were driven off their land? … It is part of the attempt to say that none of this really happened. “Undermine the authenticity of Said, went the logic, and you undermine the credibility of the Palestinian cause.

And so on. To have had the experience of real Limerick, you should have stayed, to be truly Jewish, you must have suffered from anti-Semitism to the working class you need bad grammar. Each statement reveals an attempt to establish the idea that identities are fixed, universal and consistent when in fact they are fluid, varied and disparate.


which means that complaints about Angela’s Ashes is not understandable. McCourt has his critics dismissed the complaints “by insisting that Angela’s Ashes is” a memoir, not an exact history. “But since the life of the working class Limerick rarely do on the international stage, it is not unreasonable for them to want to be portrayed accurately and sensitively.

It is a constant irritation to those on the margins they are often misrepresented by those who make it into the mainstream. “We who survived the camp are not true witnesses,” wrote Primo Levi, of his time in a Nazi concentration camp. “We, the survivors are not only a tiny minority but abnormal. We are those who through prevarication, skill or luck has never hit bottom. Those who have, and I saw the face of the Gorgon, did not return, or returned wordless. ”

The burden of representation to those who emerge from desperate circumstances is heavy. But this is not an excuse to try to deny the validity of their vote. In the case of Angela’s Ashes ago, of course, nothing like the experience of Limerick, but on the contrary, the experience of several Limerick.

Nobody voted for

McCourt so it has no obligation to represent anyone. The story is not told McCourt of Limerick, but his own.

Angela’s Ashes

Rakes Up A Storm

Alex Renton

/ Time Out London

There is a cruel joke going around Limerick in the film

opened in the city next Wednesday. “Worse than a regular film

unhappy childhood is the film a miserable childhood in Ireland, and

worst film miserable Irish Catholic childhood. “

This means little to someone who has not read Frank McCourt

Angela’s Ashes, but the millions who have plowed by


“best-seller, for example, tears ‘n’ Irish ghetto smiles

literature will find the parody of the first paragraphs of the book.

Some people are completely fed up in Limerick and Angela’s Ashes

history of children McCourt, who lived in the slums of the city

(except those who died in the communal family bed) in the


of this century. There are those who do not believe Frank

McCourt memory, and those like Brendan Halligan, editor of the

Limerick Leader, who want to Angela, the ashes and all others are

leave. The book is a ghost haunting the modern Limerick: “There

eclipse everything. “

Arguments about the veracity of the story McCourt, within three

years since the publication caused endless hassles. The head of Limerick

is used to receive letters that highlight flaws in the

the saga of children

McCourt, and filming has touched nerves again.

“Frank McCourt’s book,” said a recent editorial fatigue “generated

controversy over

in Limerick than anything since the opening of the

Interpretive center in

castle of King John. “And that was more than

six years ago.

Nearly 200 people in Limerick began to protest in front

projection, in defending the good name of their city. This is not

surprising – Limerick, streets cruel, hard-hearted

merchants and clergy hypocrisy, is the chief villain, Prime


of Angela’s Ashes.

Brendan Halligan said: “It is difficult to understand how a dark

depressing and look back to Limerick would be make-believe

necessarily show real Limerick today in a fresh light, “he writes,

opposed the campaign for the movie to come home. “Good riddance

to it. “

There is no doubt that Limerick has changed since the first day McCourt.

Irish boom and economic aid from Brussels saw the city

slums transformed – in fact the city is very proud that Alan


team were unable to find suitable accommodation “lane” to

filming in Limerick, (they had to build their own slum in a parking lot

in Dublin instead). John O’Regan, who organizes visits Angela’s Ashes

£ 4-one-for fans who arrive weepily throughout the world,

likes to show the business center and apartment blocks that now

dominate the former red light district the banks of Shannon. Even

Sutton Coalyard outside where Angela and her son trapped


, Jury Inn is now a “posh” hotel.

But this is not the fact that Parker and Limerick McCourt slander


Limerick which will demonstrate outside the

Dooradoyle Omniplex Wednesday. These will be staged by the people

who simply do not believe the story told in Angela’s Ashes. “Some

fanatical and self-publicists, “is how sensible Limerick rejects

them (if sensible Limerick asked not be named – it’s a small

city). But the anti-McCourtists include men who were at school with


. Men like Paddy Malone, who, when Frank McCourt returned


for a book signing, the author asked if he remembered him

then tore the book into two, shouting: “You are a disgrace to

Ireland, the Church and your mother. “Malone is now threatened with

Sue McCourt.

It is in fact a mini-industry in coming Frank McCourt. Two


published their own accounts of their happiest


childhoods, while a local bookstore owner and disc jockey,

Gerard Hannan, published Ashes – a story “true brothers

grew up in the lanes of Limerick. “Next week it will publish a

sequel to this book, as published McCourt ‘Tis his own

sequel to Angela’s Ashes. The new book is titled Tis maliciously ‘in me


– Limerick authentic street slang, apparently. Hannan, including

hunt for McCourt led U.S. TV news Melvyn Bragg

South Bank Show, says he is simply attempting to repair a serious

harm the reputation of Limerick and history. “You have been

led to understand that I am crazy with two heads, “he said gravely.

“But there are hundreds of people behind me, and I have letters

around the world to prove it. “

These disputes

part of the territory – an almost inevitable

after the effect of making money from the story line, is that all those

were there also will stand up to argue about what really happened.

And, of course, McCourt has many defenders. His editor at

HarperCollins, Philip Gwyn Jones, the common argument that follows


McCourt is a memory, it does not pretend to be the autobiography.

Behind the statement is more subjective truth. “People come to

Frank, who were there or knew someone who was at that time

say, “Oh, Frank, you’re wrong: Ms. Doe has not

live at number 7, it was number 5. “Maybe there is little

bad, but it is a work of non-fiction, and he has written as

true as he can remember. Of course, we support the interpretation of Frank

plausible and authentic. But the truth is different for each

different pair of eyes. It is the nature of historical truth. “

problem for the pro-McCourt camp is that their human errors

are just the years that are likely to cause offense among the most

people of Limerick, and the guardians of the truth. Queuing


that dedication was another contemporary of


Limerick, Willie Harold. Harold, now dead, appears in the

book to his first confession, a priest saying how he has sinned,

looking at the naked body of his sister. The problem is, Harold never had a sister. Many older people are irritated at the Limerick

portrait of Angela

itself. There is no doubt that Mrs. McCourt would

not like image of his son. Shortly before his death in 1981,

was taken to see Frank and his brother Malachy perform a live show

their lives early. She slammed the door, shouting: “He did not

go that way. That’s all a pack of lies. “

Other stories have emerged that cast doubt on McCourt

reliability. The clergy of Limerick in 1940 – where “you could not

throw a brick without hitting a priest “- particularly unwelcome

out of the book. McCourt said the recent Los Angeles Times that

the filmmakers were not allowed to use one of the churches of Limerick

because the local clergy, led by the Bishop of Limerick, the opposition

films. Limerick when journalists investigated this claim

found that only one church, Redemptorist, had refused

to cooperate with the filming. The office of the bishop was out of the

their way to help. – The fact that the film’s producer confirmed

one in Limerick denies that there is terrible poverty in the city

60 years ago, but further investigation led to wonder just

how McCourts were really poor. Some people have stressed


fat and some of the children were, as the head of Limerick

unearthed pictures of McCourt in his Boy Scout uniform. Scouting

was expensive and generally for the boys of the middle class – “Is it

picture of misery? “Asked the newspaper.

Perhaps the most sensitive

verdict from another Limerick


, a Conran Jean who now lives in Birmingham. He wrote

the head of Limerick, after reading the book McCourt, to say how much

was appreciated. “I lived in Limerick at the time. I had nine

sisters and a brother. I did not feel all this misery. I appreciated

my schooling at St Munchin is CBS. We had the Shannon and the hills

upon us. The problem was not with the McCourts Limerick, the

Church or priests. The father was an alcoholic. He failed in New

York, the promised land. It would fail in any city – and has “


John O’Regan, who during his tours Angela’s Ashes watches people’s daily

from around the world cry as they remember the suffering of

their own childhood, Frank McCourt says he knows not lying.

“I saw people enough to know that Frank spoke for them all.

What he wrote was the truth, Angela’s Ashes is a mirror of these

time. “

Additional reporting by Gita Mendis

Rising from the ashes

Anne Molloy / Irish News

Frank McCourt wrote Angela’s Ashes in that there was only one thing

worse than “an Irish miserable childhood” and was “a miserable

Irish Catholic childhood. “

was strong statements and ultimately who made derogatory

McCourt unforgettable Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and his



three years since its publication Angela’s Ashes

continued to cause resentment in his childhood home of Limerick where

there is a clear division between those who want to pillory

the McCourts and those, like the former mayor, who want them

freedom of the city.

“Lies, lies, lies, lies” denounced a Paddy Malone, who attended the

same school that the young McCourt, Frank and said

“prostitutes of his mother” in the book.

other opponent is self-appointed McCourt Limerick Radio presenter

Gerard Hannan who sees Angela’s Ashes as a direct attack on the

the city and its inhabitants and publishes its own response? It’s in me

Ass? a play on the second autobiographical work McCourt? Tis .??

McCourt occasionally tried to distance himself from the pursuit

row and said that the book was not on the city, “he was about

poverty. “

But too much of a simplification by the author as many

the wrath of McCourt (Malachi and his younger brother) is

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