madman thinks everyone else mad." - J.P. Donleavy from
The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman
J.P. Donleavy is in true form giving a hillarious spoken-word performance of material inspired by The Unexpurgated Code. Download your copy today at:
Sea Girt Lighthouse, on the New Jersey coast, flashed its first beacon December 10, 1896, lighting a dark spot midway between Navesink Twin Lights and Barnegat Lighthouse. The lively history, illustrated with 110 photos, some never before published, brings to life the colorful keepers who tended the light, including a Civil War veteran, a pioneering woman, and inventor and for one day the 20-year-old daughter of a keeper, as well as the Coast Guardsmen who converted the lighthouse to a watch tower and command center for beach patrols during World War II. A lighthouse of distinction, Sea Girt was the first land-based station in the world equipped with a radio fog beacon transmitter.
The book engagingly reports lighthouse challenges and transformations as its mission changed over the years. Long ago decommissioned, the lighthouse has been restored by the Sea Girt Lighthouse Citizens Committee, a local group of volunteers who are also committed to preserving the landmark's rich history through tours and special events, which attract people from down the block and around the world. Many rare artifacts, including a 4th order Fresnel lens, are on display at the lighthouse and shown in the book. Bill, one of the volunteers, is also the lighthouse historian. All royalties from the book sales go to the preservation group's maintenance and operation of the lighthouse. Click here for purchasing information.
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John Dunleavy Patriot, Philosopher,
Family Man: a Burst of Poetry:
A new book about JPD's father and his poetry,
as well as about JPD and his siblings' upbringing.
Written by JPD's sister,
Mary Rita Donleavy
Now available in hardcover, paperback
and Kindle & Nook ebook formats
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 1/23/2013 | Pages: 230
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
"Sixty-seven years after Donleavy left TCD without a degree, Trinity College overlooked his incomplete academic record and focused instead on his many accomplishments since then, awarding him at age 90 a Doctorate
of Letters (Litt.D.) at the commencement June 24, 2016. Donleavy was one of six receiving honorary degrees that day..."
Full story by Bill Dunn
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J.P. Donleavy died Monday, September 11, 2017 in Mullingar, Ireland at age 91. He is mourned by family, son Philip and daughter Karen, and by friends and fans world wide. It's with a heavy heart I write this eulogy; Mr. Donleavy (Mike to his friends) was a big part of my life. I began the JPDC in 1998 and have searched the web high and low to find everything I could on all aspects of JPD's works and life style. I have a lot to update now to conform to JPD's passing.
I'm not going to capsulize JPD's life and creative career since indepth information already exists on the site. For obituaries in the press, I've provided PDFs of the various articles that I've found. I'm using PDFs as there's no way in telling how long the papers will keep the articles on their sites.Some of these PDFs aren't much more than the headlines since some papers use "paywalls" to cut off the article, requiring subscribing to the paper in order to read the entire piece. The majority of papers don't use a paywall and they cover well what the forced-subscription papers withhold.
J.P. Donleavy Obituaries In the Media
Times / Washington
Post / New York Times
York Times 2nd article
Boston Herald / BBC News / RTÉ ie / Irish Times - Irish Times 2nd article - Irish Times 3rd article IrishTimes article by Bill Dunn / The Gazette (Denver) / The Times / WPXI News
San Francisco Gate / The Chicago Tribune / Buzz ie / The Guardian / AJC / The Telegraph Independent ie - Independent ie 2 / Irish Central / Irish News / USNews / The Charlotte Observer / Journal IE Newsday / Newsmax / Standard-Examiner / Westmeath Examiner / Austin360 / Star-Herald thestraightstimes / The Herald / Press Herald (Portland) / The Houston Chronicle / Miami Herald
The Sacramento Bee / San Diego Union Tribune / The Star World News / Irish America / The Irish Post Broadsheet ie. / Extra ie. / Trinity College, Dublin News & Events / Independent ie. Opinion
Midlands 103 / UNZ Review