The Holy Hour: A Requiem for Brendan Behan


The latest publication in our MoLI Editions series. This limited edition booklet features the text from our current exhibition, The Holy Hour:A Requiem for Brendan Behan, written by Patrick McCabe.

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The Holy Hour: A Requiem for Brendan Behan, a new exhibition at MoLI, reframes the long-caricatured Dublin writer and goes in search of a truer picture of Behan as a man and as an artist. Created by author Patrick McCabe (The Butcher BoyBreakfast on Pluto, Poguemahone), the exhibition celebrates the centenary of Behan’s birth, and mourns the essential tragedy of his short life.

In a captivating audio-visual installation, McCabe brings visitors on a profound, often hilarious – and at times almost psychedelic – voyage through glimpses of Behan’s life and work. Through the prism of the Roman Catholic liturgy, McCabe’s Holy Hour blends archive footage, heavy lashings of music, and Behan’s own words to cast the Dublin writer in a more nuanced light.

This limited edition MoLI publication presents Patrick McCabe’s text from the exhibition.

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Weight 0.4 kg