AOSDANA, EDNA O’BRIEN, SUCK IT AND SAOI by Donal Kennedy

The late Brian O’Nolan, alias Flann O’Brien, alias Myles na gCopaleen, would probably translate “Aosdana” as Brazen Age but it is a body probably modelled on the  Acadamie Francaise  which lately conferred the description “SAOI” on Edna O’Brien, already honoured in Britain as a Dame of The British Empire. Myle na gCopaleen would probably translated SAOI (pronounced “SEE”) as “WISEGUY” or “WISEDOLL”.

Anyhow Dame Edna recently  starred in a TV programme where a couple of WiseGuys, if not Goodfellas, ,John Banville and Sir Bob Geldof, had TALK-ON parts.

Dame Edna is in her 90th year, and however brazen she may have been is a beautiful and seemingly healthy woman. When a young girl she was punched by her father when he’d come home from a binge. When a young woman she was assaulted and threatened by her husband who pocketed her earnings from her writings.

It might have been far worse had she kissed Sir Bob Geldof,

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