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Festschrift for Tadhg Foley


Edited By Maureen O'Connor

This Festschrift for Professor Tadhg Foley of the National University of Ireland, Galway, who retired in 2009, gathers together international contributors in the fields of poetry, politics and academia to honour this great man’s life and work. Professor Foley has not only been central in the development of Irish Studies and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies in Ireland and in the United States, but he has also enjoyed a long career as convivial host in his thatched cottage in Salthill, Galway. He remains one of the most popular and beloved figures in Irish academia. Among the eminent scholars included in the volume are Terry Eagleton, Robert Young, Penny Boumelha, David Lloyd, Luke Gibbons, Joep Leerssen and Maud Ellmann. The book is further enriched by poets Bernard O’Donoghue, Louis de Paor, Rita Ann Higgins, Michael D. Higgins and Tom Duddy. This collection is a rare and distinctive gathering of true and resonant voices, offering a unique portrait of late twentieth-century Irish literary and academic culture and its interplay with the United States.


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I’ll Have to Stop Thinking about Sex Rita Ann Higgins 281


I’ll Have to Stop Thinking about Sex Rita Ann Higgins for Tadhg Foley People are beginning to notice. Take the two wans at the market, the fish market. They looked at each other then they looked at me. Then one said to the other, ‘Other, that woman is holding the French loaf like it was a fisherman.’ They thought that I thought that the French loaf was a you know what. 282 Rita Ann Higgins But they were wrong ‘You know whats’ are often hard to fathom, fishermen are fishermen (spongy as earlobes). The French loaf was fresh and hot, the only way to hold it, a reasonable way to cool it. They were wrong the two wans, with their know-your-loaf philosophies their all-seeing eyes their all-fish tales.

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