Category: A Star Called Henry

I receive a piece of paper

There’s a name

I read the name

I kill the person

I can’t help it

It is impossible to stop


I receive a piece of paper

There’s a name

I give it a short view

Strangely, I do it again

But I can’t help it

It is hard to resist


I receive a piece of paper

There’s a name

I notice it is there

I still assassinate the person, it is a habit

I’m conscious about everything

I know what I do

I see the cause

I can help it


I receive a piece of paper

There’s a name

I remove the cause


There’s no paper anymore


Watching Their Worlds Fall Apart

Interview with Granny Nash:

Interviewer: Hello Mrs. Nash, my name is John McLain.I want to ask you some questions in order to write a biography about your grandchild Henry Smart. Can you tell me something interesting?

Granny Nash: What do i get for that? Books?

Interviewever: Sure,what ever you want.

Granny Nash: Whatever!

Interviewer: Tell me all you know about your family. How was your relationship to your daughter?

Granny Nash: Melody was dreamy and naive. She always lookd at the stars, she lived in her own world and she hada longing for her dead children. Therefore, she became depressive and an alcoholic.Henry had a bad influence on her and ruined her life.

Interviewer: Do you talk about Henry Smart Junior?

Granny Nash: No her husband, this one-legged gobshite!

Interviewer: Please, he’s still a member of your family.Why don’t you like him?

Granny Nash: What?! Nobody can say that he isn’t an asshole. I don’t like him,because I don’t like him! Give me my books or i won’t say anything else.

Interviewer: (Gives her books) Remember how your grandson Henry grew up. What can you tell me about it?

Granny Nash: ( Doesn’t listen because of reading the books)

Interviewer: Mrs. Nash?!

Granny Nash: Wait a moment. This book is so fucking interesting

Interviewer: ( shocked) I know, but may you answer my question?

Granny Nash: ( waves)

Interviewer: PLEASE!

Granny Nash: Ok,ok. What was the question again?

Interwiever: (groans) What can you tell me about Henry Smart Junior’s childhood? HENRY JUNIOR!

Granny Nash: i gave him the gift of life. He was the star of the slums. Henry Senior harmed everyone. My little daughter and my gradchildren. He was like a … I mean he WAS an idiot, the most famous idiot of Ireland. One-legged gobshite,you know? A….

Interviewer: STOP! I got it!

Granny Nash: You don’t get anything. Your remind me of him… of the bastard Henry Smart. He ruined our family.

Interviewer: (whispers) As you ruin my biography.

Granny Nash: I have good ears, ister! How dare you! Nobody talks with me this way. Don’t you have any manners? As compensation I want more booooks.

Interviewer : You greedy witch! Here are your books, do what ever you want but stop hovering me!

Granny Nash: Oh my God, you’re so naive. (Takes the books and leaves the room.)




I was on for it ; I came from a line of cop killers. I’d been chased by them ; I’d divided into underground rivers to get away from them. They were never people, the rozzers… -They are the cement, said Jack. -The peelers. We get them and it falls apart. (198,1 ff.


The quotation states similarities between HenrySmart Junior and Henry Smart Senior.

On the one hand both are represented as cop killers. On the other hand father and son have the habit to escape by using the underground rivers.

In addition to that, the policemen prevent the organistion from achieving their purpose. Therefore, Henry Smart Junior is convinced and follows the order of murder. In his opinion, the cops cannot be seen as human beings.

Quotations, supporting Henry’s idea of becoming a killer

-We’re making history, said Jack. -Not just acting it out,man. We’re writing it. D’you know why there were thousands down at the docks today?

-Because i whacked the rozzer.

-Yes.That’s why, exactly. We‘ re deciding what’s going to happen next. Not them. (191,16 ff.)

I believed him. One swipe of da’s leg and the gobshites in the Castle had hopped. We had them on strings. Now Henry Smart was a Dublin boy, a lad without equal or peer.(191,29ff.)

With the S beside your name you were never lonely.(197,24)

The police ruled the country. -And that’s why we’re going to kill them, said Jack -Assassinate every bloody one of them.(197,36 ff.)


Facts that persuades/convinces Henry Junior to become a killer are hat he is not alone anymore as he was in the past. The organization, he is in, develops to a kind of family. Apart from that, he cannot stand the policemen. Another point to mention is that he is concious about the power and the influence which he possesses. Hence, he attracts much attention which he did not get while he was a child. Henry Smart is eager to become a legend as Henry Smart Senior, his father, was. Thus, he decides to become a cop killer.

Dear diary,

today I have met Henry again. Now, he is a member of the Irish Republican Army and fights for Ireland’s freedom and independence. Though Henry is much more younger , he seems to be more matured than all. Apart from that he is the most attractive of all. I could never forget his attitude. He was still the same, acting the way he thought, speaking his mind. Together we will be fighting for equality within the sex and developing our relationship. Strangely enough, Henry still calls me Miss O’Shea altough there is no need to because he changed to an adult now.

I’d lovely to spend more time with him.


Henry,The Prince Of The Street

by Hai, Hans, Jana, Lara

1. Analyse, why Henry decides to leave his family and live on the streets of Dublin.

-No identity ( p. 41 ll. 33)
-Escape from rags, scarcity, dirt and weakness ( p.53 ll. 6 )
-Adventures and chaos matching to his personal misery
( p.53 ll. 6)

2. Examine the relationship between Henry and Victor and explain in what way it differs from the relationships he has with his other brothers and sisters.

Relationships to brothers and sisters:
-No relationship ( p. 52 ll. 1 ; p. 54 ll. 24 ; p. 55 ll. 3)
-Henry Star, his dead brother is hated ( p. 43 ll. 34 )

Relationship to Victor:

-Very good / close relationship ( p. 59 l. 25 )
-Survive together ( p. 71 ll. 10 )
-Victor respects Henry, who is responsible for Victor
( p. 75 ll. 9 ; p. 90 ll. 22 )
Henry‘s life has a sense again ( respected, not alone )

3. Describe how Henry and Victor manage to survive on the streets of Dublin. Do this by introducing the people they have contact with and the jobs they do.

-Robbed, helped, invented, begged ( p. 71 l. 20 )

-Mister Lipman, Russian Jewman : push baskets ( p.71 ll. 30 )
-Blow ice-cream seller’s bugle ( p. 72 l. 23 )
-Catch rats for the dog fighters ( p. 72 l. 26 )
-Sell bones to Keefe’s, the knackers ( p. 72 l. 26 )
-Beg for Rafferty ( p. 72 ll. 26 )
-Sell stolen newspapers / flowers ( p. 72 ll. 36 )
-Help drovers ( p. 75 l. 20 ) – sell or eat cows ( p. 76 ll. 8 )
-Fight for Ireland – maim absentee’s cattle – win land back
( p. 77 ll. 35 )

4. Discuss Henry’s interpretation that :

“ The city killed Victor“ ( p. 90 l. 32 )

-Injustice / inequal distribution of wealth
( p. 90. ll. 22 )



Brian O’ Linn ( Traditional)

Brian O’Linn had no britches to wear
So he got him a sheepskin to make him a pair
The leather side out and the wooly side in
“Sure its great summers clothing.” said Brian

Brian O’Linn had no watch to put on
So he got him a turnip to make him a one
He put a wee cricket in under the skin
“Sure theyll think it is ticking,” said Brian

Brian O’Linn and his wife and wifes mother. They all went home over a wee bridge together. The bridge it was narrow, they all tumbled in “Sure well go home by water,” said Brian O’Linn

Brian O’Linn to his house had no door. He had the sky for a roof and the bog for a floor. He had a way to jump out and a way to swim in “Sure theres great ventilation,” said Brian O’Linn

Brian O’Linn and his wife and wifes mother
They all lay down in the one bed together
The night it was cold and the blankets were thin
“Sure Ill sleep in the middle,” said Brian O’Linn


Though he is ranked low in the society, he adapts to the grievous surroundings and and accepts the poor circumstances. In order to show his possession and a kind of humour, Brian O’Linn improvises to have a watch for example. Apart from that he seems to appreciate the things he has, not only the material stuff but also the people  whom he has close relationships with. Brian O’Linn gives and take, hence, he is no selfish person. He makes the  best out of his miserable situation and always thinks positive with humour. Therefore Brian O’Linn is a tough optimist.

A Star Called Henry

Summary Part 2 Chapter 6

Part Two Chapter six of Roddy Dole’s ‘ A Star Called Henry ‘, published in 1999 by Jonathan Cape in Great Britain, deals with Henry’s situation during and after the Insurrection 1916.

Being 14 years old, Henry takes part in the Easter Rising 1916.  Altough he is a member of the Irish Citizen Army, Ireland does not represent anything of importance to him. He joined that institution due to James Conolly who is like a father, teaching and appreciating him. In the General Post Office, Henry is asked to read the Proclamation of the Republic.

The soldiers are prevented from their work by women who demand money for their husbands fighting for the British. As Henry persuades Conolly to fullfill the request, Henry is more high held than before because of his attractive outward appearance. Giving the women the demanded, many ask for a relationship but he only promises Piano-Annie to come after the insurrection.

When first actions take place, Henry shoots at a children shoes store and other stores providing food or clothing.

Then days go by without anything of interest. That is why the ill- equipped soldiers invent stories by adding them to given information. As he meets Miss O’ Shea belonging to an organization of women who also were fighting for rights, both notice each other and they start a relationship.

Shops are broken by Irish citizens and homeless persons to drop things and a conflict results due to different aspects concerning political and class differences within the army.

The British become more and more superior and cause grievous harm to the infrastructure and to the people whille they are indifferent relating to the guilt or innocence one has. Because of that hopeless situation, the leader of the Insurrection 1916 declare unconditional surrender. The participants and relatives are killed as punishment.

Henry succeeds in fleeing to Piano-Annie and starts a relationship with her.

Thousands Are Sailing

The island it is silent now
But the ghosts still haunt the waves
And the torch lights up a famished man
Who fortune could not save

Did you work upon the railroad

Did you rid the streets of crime
Were your dollars from the white house
Were they from the five and dime

Did the old songs taunt or cheer you
And did they still make you cry
Did you count the months and years
Or did your teardrops quickly dry

Ah, no, says he, ’twas not to be
On a coffin ship I came here
And I never even got so far
That they could change my name

Thousands are sailing
Across the western ocean

To a land of opportunity
That some of them will never see
Fortune prevailing
Across the western ocean
Their bellies full
Their spirits free
They’ll break the chains of poverty
And they’ll dance

In Manhattan’s desert twilight
In the death of afternoon

We stepped hand in hand on Broadway
Like the first man on the moon

And “The Blackbird” broke the silence
As you whistled it so sweet
And in Brendan Behan’s footsteps
I danced up and down the street

Then we said goodnight to Broadway
Giving it our best regards
Tipped our hats to Mister Cohan
Dear old Times Square’s favorite bard

Then we raised a glass to JFK
And a dozen more besides
When I got back to my empty room
I suppose I must have cried

Thousands are sailing
Again across the ocean
Where the hand of opportunity
Draws tickets in a lottery
Postcards we’re mailing
Of sky-blue skies and oceans
From rooms the daylight never sees
Where lights don’t glow on Christmas trees
But we dance to the music
And we dance

Thousands are sailing
Across the western ocean
Where the hand of opportunity
Draws tickets in a lottery
Where e’er we go, we celebrate
The land that makes us refugees
From fear of Priests with empty plates
From guilt and weeping effigies
And we dance