A quick-witted Dubliner with a twinkle in his eye, Brendan Behan was a poet, novelist and playwright known for his love of life, and fondness of a pint or two! Though he sadly died at the age of 41, he left many a clever quote in his wake – our favourite of which is a playful poke at his infamous brushes with the law;
“I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn’t make it worse!”
Like Kavanagh, Behan sits near water – “by the banks of the Royal Canal” on Upper Dorset Street. Folk and traditional music fans will recognise that line from the famous Dubliners song ‘The Auld Triangle’. In fact, the song is rumoured to have been written about Brendan – by none other than his brother, Dominic Behan! Have a listen for yourself below – first to the Dubliners’ classic version, and then to Marcus Mumford, the Punch Brothers and Justin Timberlake’s take on it, as featured in the Coen Brothers’ latest flick, Inside LLewyn Davis.