Patrick Deeley’s much-lauded memoir The Hurley-Maker’s Son begins on a train journey home to rural Galway in the 1970s: his giant of a father had been felled, the hurley-making workshop silenced. Sports historian Paul Rouse, who is a great admirer of Deeley’s memoir, sets the wider context for us with his thoughts on the importance of sport in our personal relationships and on our national identity.
The American poet Louise Glück famously wrote that “We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory.” Perhaps this is why so many poets have been deeply influenced by their childhood. “They tuck you up, your mum and dad” (Adrian Mitchell’s softer take on Philp Larkin’s original line) is the title for this series of conversations featuring some of Ireland's finest writers and poets as they reflect on the often complex parent / child relationship through memoir and poetry.