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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe no news but plenty of laughs at Throat Lake, 8 Oct. 1999
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This review is from: No News at Throat Lake (Hardcover)
Lawrence Donegan was, you see, a former member of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions who went on to become a reporter with 'The Guardian' newspaper before finding himself in Donegal first on a farm and then on the staff of the 'Tirconaill Tribune.'Knowing him though wouldn't be enough for me to say his book was good even if I thought it wasn't. Even Match of the Day got a miss (well the start of it anyway) as I chortled out loud at Lawrence's recollections of days in Donegal, especially days with the Tirconaill Tribune lads. It is mainly his involvement with the Tribune that gives him the wonderful ammunition for his hilarious, yet sometimes serious look at rural Donegal - from the perspective of somebody arriving from the outside.The title of the book stems from the literal translation of Creeslough (Throat lake) where Lawrence stayed for the best part of a year, mingled with the locals and even managed to worm his way onto the local GAA team. Okay so it was the reserves, but he still got on.The book certainly strips away those Hollywood style myths of rural Ireland with thatched cottages and fairies in the back garden, but in the same token reinforces some of the ideas that we are a breed apart.For instance the Tribune was, let's just say, a bit of a culture shock for Lawrence, but there was no doubt that he loved it. Any reporter would. A paper very much in the same niche type market as the Inish Times, the reports of how the Tribune was put together with late nights and early mornings certainly touched a few chords here.Not that the papers are similar in editorial content or style. No paper is similar to the Tribune, which probably says more about us (other papers that is) than it does of a paper that has the guts to stand for the ordinary person all the time - even when they are wrong. Not one for the subtle approach, John McAteer the paper's 'don't give an eff' editor (okay so he'd say the actual word, highlighting my point I think) could on the back the book become a worldwide celebrity. I could only begin to guess what he'd say to that.From covering a story on stinky and the whale, to his fascination with finding the real story on the Bernard Lafferty tale (you know Doris Duke's Butler) Lawrence had a ball in Donegal a lot of the time. Fantasy of fantasies he even got to meet (well to ask one question to) the girl of his dreams Meryl Streep.Of course his tribute to Diana which caused such an outrage when published by the Tribune will probably ruffle feathers again with some who read it in the book, and his account of his trip to knock. Well, let's just say the more forgiving of those who accompanied him on the bus might say a few rosaries for his soul.- Liam Porter Editor Inish Times
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