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Reply to Mr. Egan
Kathleen O'Halloran • 2 November 2003

I am writing in response to Mr Egans letter, in which he says I denigrate the term fenian. That was not the intent of the article, the article was about books, and the repentant fenian bastards that I was referring to was sarcastic shot at another book. Lawerence McKeown wrote a doctoral thesis entitled Unrepentant Fenian Bastards, the social construction of the Irish Republican prisoner community. The book was then published under the title Time Out. I also remember Brendan Hughes using the term in an interview that he remained an unrepentant fenian bastard.

The term was used not to denigrate the word fenian, but to take a shot at those who in former times in our jails, and out side our jails, were noted as unrepentant fenian bastards. That now they wear armani suits perhaps they have repented. That was the context of the term and not to denigrate the word.

Also, the article was meant only as a satirical look at our very own die hards, it was never meant to be taken with extreme seriousness.

If I have offended Mr. Egans' feelings I do apologise, that was not the intent.







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