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Miscellany 50: Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany

Miscellany 50: Fifty Years of Sunday Miscellany


Edited by Clíodhna Ní Anluain

Miscellany50 is Sunday Miscellany with a twist: A celebratory volume of specially commissioned essays and poems, each relating to one of fifty years since 1968 when the iconic Sunday morning programme started on RTÉ Radio.

C-format PB | 256pp | ISBN 9781848407473 | Release Date: 18 September 2019

This item will be released on 18 September.


It perfectly captures the unique imagination of the contributors, who bring to life fifty years of experience in Ireland and from further afield. The first Moon landing, visits to Ireland by Pope John Paul the 2nd and Ronald Reagan, 9/11, Direct Provision Centres, the Celtic Tiger and the crash, Irish weather and water, cherished sporting moments, the Eurovision Song Contest, iconic figures from Nelson Mandela to Seán Ó Ríordáin, Steve Jobs and Bruce Springsteen; moving statues, first love and first job, setting up home, wedding day memories, motherhood, illness, loss of parents and friends as well as starting over and so much more inform the wealth of this anthology. First presented as the concerts Miscellany5O Live at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin at the end of 2018, it is shared here now to savour and enjoy. A richly illustrated collection of visual imagery complements the writing, including specially commissioned photographs of each writer by Paul McCarthy. It is the perfect addition to the previously published anthologies of writing from Sunday Miscellany.

Contributors include:

Kevin Barry, Denise Blake, John Boland, Dermot Bolger, Pat Boran, John Bowman, Honor Clynes, Evelyn Conlon, John Connell, Leo Cullen, Louis de Paor, Martina Devlin, Robert Higgins,  Alannah Hopkin, Bernadett Buda, Gerald Dawe, John F Deane,  Veronica Dyas, Mia Gallagher, Sinéad Gleeson, Conall Hamill, Donal Hayes, Cyril Kelly, John Kelly, Anne Marie Kennedy, Claire Kilroy, Caitriona Lally, Mae Leonard, Brian Leyden, Rosaleen MacDonagh, Lisa McInerney, John MacKenna, Danielle McLaughlin, Siobhan Mannion, Janet Moran, Mary Morrissy, Colin Murphy, Éilis Ní Dhuibhne, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Joseph O’Connor, Nuala O’Connor, Simon Ó Faoláin, Michael O’Loughlin, Mary O’Malley, Karl O’Neill, Emilie Pine, Liam Power, Paul Rouse. Barbara Scully, Denis Sexton, Stephen James Smith, Gemma Tipton, Jessica Traynor, Melatu Uche Okorie, Enda Wyley

Praise for Sunday Miscellany

I’ve been tuning in for 50 years…right back to Maxwell Sweeney…and now Good News of an Anthology…Sound The Trumpets!
— Christy Moore
An unalloyed joy. It’s a ray of weekend sunshine. And it’s uniquely ours.
— Paul Howard
A unique chronicle of ordinary life; an uneven and untrimmed collage of voices, bearing witness to the passing of time and the remembrance of things. For 50 years it has endured as a gorgeous and spectacular collection of dispatches from hidden Ireland; a magical place – ‘síos i measc na ndaoine’
— Michael Harding
What a rarity and relief to enter into a non-prescriptive landscape every Sunday morning - encountering surprise - like diving and discovering the manta ray behind a coral bommie …
— Dorothy Cross
Years ago, my youngest daughter said, you always know its Sunday cos there’s jelly in the fridge… All I need is that familiar humpity trumpity bump of Scheidt’s Battaglia to assure me Sunday has indeed landed!
— Rita Ann Higgins
Would Sundays even exist without its magic, its wonder and permanence? Fifty years of personal stories and reminiscences from diverse voices flood my kitchen and my soul with the morning light and steady me for the week ahead. Allelujia indeed.
— Liz Nugent