Colbert Kearney

Life
Prof. of English, University College Cork; author of works on Brendan Behan, to whom he is related through the Kearney line; author of a novel, The Consequence (1993), which concerns Fintan Kearney, a lecturer in English at UUC who learns that an autobiography he cannot remember having written is being published in London; includes reminiscences of schooldays, a portrait of Behan, and memories of popular music in the 1950s.

[ top ]

 

Commentary
by Cecilia Keegan, review of The Consequence (Belfast: Blackstaff; Chester Springs: Dufour 1993, 1994), [324pp.], in Irish Literary Supplement (Fall 1994): the novel is the conseqence of another called Gone With Time, and the narrator Fintan Kearney’s attempt to tell the truth; mentors of Fintan are his hard-drinking uncle Pearse; Eugene Watters, and Brendan Behan, each represented as ‘characters’; narrator wins attention of first girlfriend by forging Behan’s signature; the real story, as remembered by the women in his life, is ribald.

[ top ]

Notes
The Consequence is used as a central text in C. L. Dallat’s discussion of the ‘rise of the novel as a critque of de Valera’s Ireland’ (‘After the Censor had gone’, Times Literary Supplement, 27 Sept. 1996, pp.21).

[ top ]