Saturday, July 19, 2014

Duffy's Carrickfergus in 2014



I've been back in Carrickfergus for the last few days. This time I took daughter#1 with me. I thought you might be interested in a few Sean Duffy vids and images. Above is Duffy's street Coronation Road as it looks today (a little bit overcast even in July). Below left we're at Carrickfergus Police Station's bullet proofed glass entrance gate. Below right is the really quite lovely sea front painted pink for the Giro d'Italia. Below are 2 murals from the UVF showing that they still seem to have a presence in the area. The one at the very bottom is new to me and was done in the last year or so in a fairly sophisticated Banksyesque style, opposite the Tesco supermarket. 




28 comments:

Alan said...

Adrian,Daughter 1 looks like a very pretty sell-assured young lady.She stands in marked contrast to the mural.It appears that both Mexicans and Irish can not let a wall go to waste.Thank you for resuscitating Sean .I hope this bodes well for his return.Best Alan

adrian mckinty said...

Alan

Yeah, I do like the style of the second mural though but I looked for it and couldnt find it, maybe I was looking in the wrong place....The other UVF murals not quite so artistically interesting are however still there...

seana graham said...

Wow, that video player just takes you back through many a McKinty and Co. recording.

I must have seen Coronation Road in some other context, because this is exactly what I thought it looked like.

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

Maybe it was just the brilliance of my descriptions really brought it home to you!

you know I tried to turn off that damn linked player but couldnt...maybe it's a blessing in disguise.

seana graham said...

I have to say that the girls' book presentation never gets old. I only went back as far as the Tasmanian sheugh but it would be an easy way for newer readers to catch up on a few things.

Yes, it was probably the brilliance of your narrative that did it. Although I did watch that Gerard Brennan video of his old neighborhood, so that may have helped.

I have friends who are sure there is going to be a Duffy 4 because they have seen two different titles fronted on Amazon. Both Tom Waits songs I believe. Is there truth to these rumors? Inquiring minds want to know.

Peter Rozovsky said...

You're right about that lower mural. That's an odd pairing of slogan and image, and it's probably the most visually sophisticated NI mural I've seen, outside of one particular group that worked in Derry. Progress requires inclusion -- of Unionists?

I would say that the Republican murals I've seen are generally more visually polished and sophisticated than the Unionist ones. I'm not sure what to make of this.

(Guildhall Press puts out a nice book on the murals of Derry, should you be interested.)

Frederic Wright said...

Very nice...

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

Yeah I'm working on a 4. In fact I had 3 chapters of a book 4 done as a teaser for book 3 but they never used them.

I have a working title of Gun Street Girl, not sure where that other title came from, maybe from the teaser?

adrian mckinty said...

Peter

I think you're right, the Republican murals are generally more artistically and political acute, but that lower one was a step towards a more sophisticated approach. I looked for it on Ellis Street in Carrick but I couldnt find it. I've been told its still there so maybe I was just looking in the wrong place.

adrian mckinty said...

Fred

Thanks!

seana graham said...

My friend tells me that Amazon has it as Gun Street Girl and Serpent's Tail has a listing of Sixteen Shells from a Thirty Ought Six.

In any case she will be glad to know that there is indeed a Duffy in progress.

I have The Sun of God now but am saving it for a short trip I'm taking next week, so I haven't even opened it yet.

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

Or it cd be another title entirely, or it cd get abandoned...

Got a grim 2 star review of SIG on amazon which pissed me off because they must have reviewed a free review copy or the British ed. but the British reviews have been quite nice so far. I know my - small - fan base wants me to write more Duffys but I do like to branch out into other slightly more challenging stuff from time to time. Still if the reviews are terrible and the sales flag, I'll write 1 or possibly 2 more Duffys & then just call the whole thing quits...

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

Or it cd be another title entirely, or it cd get abandoned...

Got a grim 2 star review of SIG on amazon which pissed me off because they must have reviewed a free review copy or the British ed. but the British reviews have been quite nice so far. I know my - small - fan base wants me to write more Duffys but I do like to branch out into other slightly more challenging stuff from time to time. Still if the reviews are terrible and the sales flag, I'll write 1 or possibly 2 more Duffys & then just call the whole thing quits...

lil Gluckstern said...

I love these pictures: makes it all come alive. I did imagine the streets darker, but maybe that because it the stories are. I just finished In the Morning and I was blown away and very sad.very sad when it ended. So I'm glad to hear there's going to be a #four. Your girls are in fact adorable. The little one looks like a minx. Cutie!

seana graham said...

My friends look forward to Duffy, but really they just look forward to more of your writing, so when the The Sun is God comes out over here, I'm sure they will pick it up. One of them has gone so far as to pick up Everything Rhymes With Orange from the library.

Lil reminds me that there was one thing that surprised me after reading about Coronation Road in the Duffy books. I expected there to be more life on the street than was in your video.

Paul said...

Seana
It's definitely a lot quieter now.With the amount of cars etc parked on the road and kids not playing in the street much anymore,its very different from our time.There were a lot of young families in our stretch of the street and loads of kids.It was very rare when you didn't find someone to play with.I can remember endless games of football,hide and seek,marbles etc.It really was a good place to grow up in.We had the added bonus of lots of empty countryside around us as well,so lots of time was spent mucking about in rivers,chasing cows and general messing about.In fact I've got some old pictures of my mum and dad,a couple of their friends and a bunch of us kids aged about 4/5 including Adrian on a walk in nearby fields.I can safely say his hair hasn't changed much!

adrian mckinty said...

Lil

Well hopefully there will be a fourth book. I never like talking about things that arent finished. Cd get abandoned. I was working on a novel about football hooliganism that got about half way done and then just petered out...It was good too, but I just cldnt close the deal...

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

What Paul says...

adrian mckinty said...

Paul

Yeah the loss of the countryside is the biggest change I think. Basically rural Ireland began at the garages. The big barley field, the cricket field, the fields full of cows and sheep. We were lucky to live on the very last street of the greater Belfast urban area. Walk one direction and it was all city, walk another direction and you were in rural Ireland from a bygone era.

There were definitely more kids on the street back then too because there was no afternoon TV, no video games and fewer cars so it was all football and kerby and kick a tin and hide and seek...

seana graham said...

Thanks, Paul and Adrian--I thought it was something like that. Either the demographic had shifted or it was early in the morning.

And it seems even in Santa
Cruz that kids don't just go off exploring at a young age anymore the way most people my age remember doing. The world seems to be scarier to parents than it was back then, though it probably isn't all that different.

I think the mountain in the background is pretty cool to have as part of your landscape.

adrian mckinty said...

Seana

As bizarre as it sounds it WAS a more innocent time back then. Even with the Troubles and everything kids were safer because there were fewer cars, fewer drugs and a stronger sense of community...

seana graham said...

I think the sense of community does come through in the Troubles books, even if it is somewhat begrudgingly offered to Duffy.

Drugs and gang violence is a problem even in sunny Santa Cruz. A lot of petty theft as a result mainly, but sometimes worse.

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trevor said...

If i may be so bold (in the Irish sense) Adrian,... you have a strong sense of place; it's what makes you who you are and you reinforce it with your writing. In reality, though, the 'place' has changed and you have changed because of moving and living elsewhere. Do you ever have the sense of being 'neither there nor here'? On the other hand I'm probably just talking a load of sh..e. Is minic a ghearr teanga duine a scornach.

adrian mckinty said...

Trev

I often feel slightly out of joint with the times and geography and I've come to see that as a good thing. Being uncomfortable is a good place to be for a writer sometimes as it makes you question your discomfort and dig into it.

trevor said...

Thanks mate

PG said...

Adrian, peter gavin from the Melbourne Celtic Club, tried to reach you by twitter which I do not understand, but failed. The Celtic Club email address is info@celticclub.com.au
Hope to hear from you.
regards PG