“One doesn’t so much have a conversation with Malachy McCourt as furnish him with an audience. To chat with him is to be pelted with brilliant one-liners, jokes, grand declarations and gritty truths. His previous incarnations as an actor, a celebrity bar owner, a poet and, eventually, a politician are writ large in our conversation. He is a frightfully fun conversationalist and uproarious, over the top company.”
So writes Tanya Sweeney to open her recent Irish Times interview with author, actor, publican, poet, Limerick man, New Yorker… Malachy McCourt.
Born in New York, then raised in Limerick before moving back to New York in his early twenties, Malachy is the second youngest of the McCourt family, a family made famous of course through the story of Angela’s Ashes.
He returns to Limerick for an evening in conversation this Wednesday October 16 with Tanya, where they will lead from their Irish Times interview at Dance Limerick venue. Together, they will touch on the McCourt family story and legacy, Malachy’s young life in Ireland and adult life in New York, his personal experience of the wider New York Irish story, and much more across 90 minutes of story, readings and music. Doors are 7pm, and tickets €10 from thisisiny.com or at Dance Limerick.
Malachy will also appear at The I.NY Gathering | Stories of Ireland & New York with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, the WearingIrish founder Margaret Molloy, Irish Times fashion editor Deirdre McQuillen and HBO resident Qool DJ Marv. This lively event takes place on Saturday 19 at Limerick Strand Hotel, doors open 7pm. Tickets €150.
All information on the I.NY Project and Festival is available at thisisiny.com