Seán Ó Ríordáin more to the fore in my mind. She played a big part in sending him to the grave and only apologised when the man was dying. All out of jealousy as he was the better person and the better writer.
P.S yeah I only wrote in Irish due to Con Gallagher's message. I wouldn't otherwise just post in Irish at random. And the only reason I have Irish is because I put lots of time into it, most worthwhile thing I've ever done, or will do, I think!
Fair play to you. Though I see the Seán Ó Ríordáin / Máire Mhac an tSaoi dispute long predated Aósdana and Seán passed in 1977, before Aósdana was a gleam in the Squire's eye.
I believe artists must be judged by their work and not their behaviour but I accept that others don't agree! That said, Ó Ríordáin was clearly superior to her as a poet.
To return to the main topic, I have heard that Aosdána is a bit of an old boys' and girls' club and that much schmoozing in the right circles is required to become a member. Then again, most exclusive groups are afflicted by that sort of dynamic - better to have some mediocre artists receive subsidies than no government support at all for the arts.
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