J.P. Donleavy's Ireland - In All Her Sins and Graces [DVD]

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Born in Brooklyn, New York, of immigrant Irish parents, iconoclastic author James Patrick Donleavy undertakes an emotional odyssey around his adopted homeland in this touching programme that offers a unique glimpse into his life and literary background. On a colourful trip to both sides of the border, J.P. reminisces about his hedonistic days at Trinity College, Dublin, while unearthing a beguiling country of breathtaking beauty – studded with the quirky pubs of his youth and jewels of cultural and historical interest. With his accomplished examination of the Irish spirit, Donleavy proves a convivial guide, spoiling us with a riot of spectacle: believers on the Croagh Patrick pilgrimage share equal billing here with blustery beaches and the thundering hooves of Galway Races. In this heartfelt journey of remembrance, Donleavy also returns to his creative roots at Kilcoole, a location of immense personal significance: it was here that he began his ribald, controversial first novel, The Ginger Man, now considered a modern classic.

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