(Dr Oliver St John Gogarty – companion of James Joyce and of Michael Collins)
On Bloomsday people all over the world celebrate the Dublin of Michael Collins’ life and times.
Is there any other work of fiction which has spawned its own international commemoration day?
Many James Joyce fans know by heart the opening scenes of his seminal novel “Ulysses”. Devotees may be aware that Joyce himself once shared an apartment in that same fabled tower with friends, including Oliver St John Gogarty.
Gogarty, “a surgeon and man of letters,” was a noted poet of this day. He published fictionalized account of Dublin life himself also (Tumbling in the Hay, 1939), and many other works.
Joyce’ flatmate Dr Gogarty was also a close friend of Michael Collins. It was he who fulfilled the sad duty of preparing his boon companion for lying in state. It is believed that he also acted as official medical examiner, and may have produced an autopsy report … now apparently lost to history.
“The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by S M Sigerson
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Ulysses by James Joyce
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As I Was Going Down Sackville Street
by Oliver St. John Gogarty