Summer 2005

Kevin Barry  To the hills

One man, two women, and plenty of Gore-Tex [fiction]

Brian Dillon  Lost time accidents

A walk amongst the stones and ruins of Dungeness, Kent [essay]

Noel Duffy  Shadows and smoke

The author discovers that his grandfather, who always denied fighting in the Civil War, was lying [essay]

Selina Guinness  These derelict fields

As she inherits a farm, the author grapples with the EU’s new agriculture policies and reflects on what they might mean for rural Ireland [essay]

Ann Marie Hourihane  A Sunday in Knock

On the morning after the death of John Paul II, the faithful gather at the site of Ireland’s most famous apparition [reportage]

Conor O’Callaghan  Hands

A young lover, a rebel granduncle, and the attraction of mortality [poems]

Maurice Walsh  Choosing sides in El Salvador

Twenty-five years after the assassination of Archbishop Romero, two protagonists tell their stories [reportage]

Clare Wigfall  Two stories

A young woman walks into a foreign village; a young man ponders an enigmatic photograph [fiction]