Brendan Behan

Lying in bed, I could hear the trams far away in the distance. Turning the corners heavily, and gathering speed for the hills. I used to hear them back in Dublin on the Northside when I was small, lying in bed, avoiding the eye of the Sacred Heart in the picture on the far wall.

John Coll's Brendan Behan, Royal Canal, Dublin 9, Ireland

The house we lived in was a great lord’s town house before it was a tenement, and there was a big black Kilkenny marble fireplace before my bed. If the souls in Purgatory really came back, it was out of there they would come.

From Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy (1958)


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