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1. Everyone surely knows that Patrick was Ireland's patron saint; that he was born in Scotland and drove the snakes out of Ireland, but where was he buried?
2. He may have been wild and earnest and had nothing to declare but his genius, but his personal life scandalised decent society and he served a jail term for homosexuality. That experience inspired one of his subsequent books. Who was this novelist and playwright?
3. Irish saints got about a bit, but none more so than the one who earned the nickname 'the navigator'. Some say he even made it to North America long before Columbus. Scotland, Wales and France, were all within reach of this 6th century nomad. Many places in Ireland bear his mark and he established a number of monasteries, the most famous being Clontarf. A modern day whiskey/cream liquor bears his name. Who was he?
4. Not literally a saint, but for a time in the latter part of the 20th century he was treated like one for leading the Republic of Ireland football (soccer) team to the World Cup finals in the USA. He was born in England but the fanatical supporters overlooked that. Who was this sporting hero who did not win the World Cup as a manager, but did as a player?
5. Although this author had three books banned under Ireland's draconian censorship laws, he was to persevere to become a lauded literary figure. At one time he studied to be a priest, but turned to journalism before quitting to become a full-time writer. He was a consummate broadcaster and renowned raconteur. His novels included 'All the Way to Bantry Bay and Other Irish Journeys' and 'Nothing Happens in Carmincross' What was his name?
6. This saint was born in Co Donegal. He established his first monastery in Derry (Londonderry) in 548AD and 15 years later founded another on the Scottish island of Iona, from where he converted to Christianity a great many people in Scotland and the north of England. Who was he?
7. This Irish playwright and author completed terms of imprisonment before he found fame with his pen. At a time when the taking of large amounts of alcohol was almost second nature to any Irish literary figure, he was noted for his consumption. His most noted works were 'The Quare Fellow', 'The Hostage' and 'Confessions of an Irish Rebel' . Who was he?
8. This Irish writer was a school teacher and journalist before turning her hand to writing full time. Her novels were mainly set in Ireland and included 'Light A Penny Candle', 'Silver Wedding' 'Tara Road' and 'Circle of Friends', which was made into a movie. Whose letters home got her started on a writing career?
9. While based on the island of Lindisfarne, this saint spread Christianity far and wide throughout Northern England. Where others failed, he persevered and converted peasants and nobles alike and befriended kings. Given a horse by a tribal king, he promptly gave it away to a beggar. Who was he?
10. The end is near, and unlike this novelist and playwright I won't keep you waiting in vain. "Bleak" and "comic" are just two descriptions that were made of his works, still, he won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Several of his most famous works were written in Paris. Which author caused a critic to complain of his most famous work: "Nothing happens; twice."?
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