David McCart-Martin

Life
1937-?1996 [bapt. Martin]; b. July Belfast; ed. Grove Prim. Sch. and Mount Collyer Intermediate School; various jobs incl. apprentice electrician, 1951-52; Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, 1955-62; electronics engineer; attended Keele University, 1967-71, B.A. in English and philosophy; English lecturer at Northern Ireland Polytechnic, Co. Antrim, 1971-75; Warwick Univ., 1975-76, M.A. in English Literature; returned as senior lecturer to Northern Ireland Polytechnic, 1976, for several years; novels, The Task (1978), dealing with revenge wreaked by Sean McCart for the death of his brother Colm at the hands of the British Army; The Ceremony of Innocence (1977), examines background McCart family history from World War II; The Road to Ballyshannon (1981), a story of republican escapees from Belfast Lough with their RUC hostage, and their death at the hands of Irish police at Ballyshannon in the civil war period, 1922; Dream (1986), set between in the Land League period and the Second World War; radio plays for RTÉ and BBC; alcoholic. DIW DIL DIL2 OCIL

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Works
Novels
, The Task (London: Secker & Warburg 1975), 203pp.; The Ceremony of Innocence (London: Secker & Warburg 1977); and The Road to Ballyshannon (London: Secker & Warburg 1981; rep. Abacus/Sphere 1983), 155pp.; Dream (London: Secker & Warburg 1986).

Radio Plays, Dickens in Belfast (BBC NI 1979); Ambush (RTÉ 1978); The Hanging of Joy (RTÉ 1980); The O’Neill (RTÉ 1981); Sea Voices (BBCI/RTÉ 1981).

Criticism, ‘The Castle Rackrent of Somerville & Ross: An Analysis of the Big House of Inver’, in Étude Irlandaises (?1979).

Miscellaneous, ‘A Modest Proposal’ [The New Review] (March 1978), satire ‘Ulysses in the Indian Ocean: Proteus Chapter of Ulysses’ [Sunday Miscellany broadcast piece] (RTÉ 1987); ‘Shakespeare and Co., Paris’ [Sunday Miscellany broadcast] (RTÉ 1987); Allingham and the Island of Legend; Allingham and Inis Sa[ch]er Ballyshannon Sunday Miscellany broadcast] (RTÉ 1988).

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Criticism
Linda Leith, ‘Subverting the Sectarian Heritage: Recent Novels of Northern Ireland’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1 (December 1992), pp.88-106; see also Edna Longley, ‘Defending Ireland’s Soul: Protestant Writers and Irish nationalism after Independence’, in The Living Stream: Literature and Revisionism in Ireland (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Bloodaxe 1994), pp.162-63.

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