Obituary: Pue S. Occurrences, 2009-2012

Died January 2012.  A dedicated follower of Irish history and culture, and voluminous writer on many useful and arcane subjects, Pue died at his country estate ‘WordPress’ in the early hours of the morning.  The cause of his death was unclear, but friends and relatives had recently begun to notice that Pue had been gripped by a general fatigue and malaise.  They had a tendency to suggest that this too would pass, but Pue himself was less certain.  To his closest friends he confided a deepening sense of doubt in his daily purpose.  Such doubts had previously spurred active phases of writing and philosophizing but now Pue was often to be heard muttering darkly of evaluation reports, peer review and the employment market.  Even as his health declined he continued to compile statistical tables of outputs which he believed could prove that his country had fallen victim to a false economy of knowledge.  It seemed that his worldly cares could not be ameliorated through creativity and that his writing, too, had become one of his daily burdens.  He feared disappointing his avid readers but alas he could go on no longer.  Pue’s many friends and acquaintances may be cheered by the fact of his conversion to the idea of reincarnation during his dying days when he was often heard to murmur ‘Perhaps I shall return as a curlew’ and a smile would pass his lips.

28 Responses to “Obituary: Pue S. Occurrences, 2009-2012”

  1. anarchaeologist Says:

    RIP. Maybe though, like Jesus, Pue will feel better again after three days and return to blogging…

  2. clairehennessy Says:

    Oh, Pue. So very useful on arcane matters, indeed. Sigh.

  3. Patrick Says:

    Condolences to all friends of Pue and thank you all for the memories.

    Is this really it?

  4. Kathleen Says:

    It can’t be true … he was so young and talented … Is there a wake?

  5. Felix Larkin Says:

    How very sad… A little bit of fun has gone out of all our lives. Can I suggest a little volume of selected blogs, like Mary Beard’s book A DON’S LIFE.

  6. Cathy Says:

    What a pity. But reincarnation, maybe?

  7. Ciara Says:

    What a shame, but hopefully Pue will make a return to the blogosphere at some stage? Julianna, Kevin, Lisa and Tina, thanks for keeping us entertained and informed, and for the opportunity to contribute.

  8. Póló Says:

    I echo Felix’s remarks above.

    The quality of this blog is testimony to the amount of time and effort ye put into it. It is a credit to the blogosphere and a huge weapon in the hands of those who defend quality blogging, particularly against uninformed opinion and a generally sloppy main stream media.

    Ye have tempted me, against all my principles, to believe in the Resurrection. Naughty ye.

    Hopefully, what’s up remains up.

  9. Gerald Swick Says:

    This explains the banshee I heard wailing the other night. Pue will be sorely missed. Raise a glass to his memory.

  10. bridget flannery Says:

    Was watching curlews yesterday, maybe one was Pue. Am really sad at his passing but wishing him good wine and vast thoughts.

  11. dfallon Says:

    Well done to all involved and what is an excellent blog, even if not updated from here I’ll still find myself spending plenty of time on Pue’s.

    “Can I suggest a little volume of selected blogs, like Mary Beard’s book A DON’S LIFE.”

    I second this!

  12. Adrian Grant Says:

    Thanks for some great posts. Its been a pleasure reading Pue’s over the last few years. And I’d vote for the selected volume idea!

  13. Eoin Purcell Says:

    Such a fabulous job done by all involved. Congrats. I’ll miss the updates, but will value the archive.


    PS: Re: ‘the little volume of selected blogs’ add my plus one and what’s more, my interest.

  14. Brian Hanley Says:

    So it ain’t so…if it is, thanks and best wishes for the future.

  15. Joanne Says:

    Very sorry to hear the news. Will miss reading the entries. Thanks for all your hard work.

  16. Richard Tobin Says:

    What, old acquaintance! could not all this flesh
    Keep in a little life?

  17. thelittlereview Says:

    Sorry to hear this, Pue will be definitely missed. Thanks to Juliana, Kevin, Lisa and Tina for all their hard work and great blog posts. Here’s hoping for reincarnation!


  18. Frank Says:

    Sad news indeed. The world of history blogs is much the poorer following the passing of this widely informed observer of human affairs both past and present. It is to be hoped that some likeminded relatives will, following a period of mourning, take up anew the work that the redoubtable Pue would have them do!

  19. John Dorney Says:

    Such a shame, I’ll miss Pue’s.

  20. Ida Milne Says:

    Sad to hear Pue’s is now history.

  21. Brendan Twomey Says:

    MIssing you already
    Regular reader – unfortunatley only one contribution
    Thanks for all the work – appreciated the effort

  22. scraeling Says:


    I’ve written a blog on Irish history!/2012/01/chapter-i.html and I would be grateful if you took a minute of your time to have a quick look at the first chapter and tell me what you think.

    Yours truly


  23. David Evans Says:

    I have been away from the blog for a few days and have only now caught up with the news. How sad that the malaise of the country had such a devastating effect on a wonderful person. It has been a pleasure to read blogs that are literate, readable, and have attracted contributors who have not been afraid to sign their own names to their comments.

  24. Póló Says:


    If you haven’t already, you should make all comments subject to moderation. I am getting emails of rubbish/spam comments being posted to the blog.

    See, for example,



  25. Fred Ruark Says:

    Sad, as a late comer to to ‘Pue’s’ I arrive at the demise of the author. Writing a novel set in County Leitrim in 1633. the blog should be of value.

  26. limerickslife Says:

    So sad, as I only grew to know Pue in recent times, long after his demise.

  27. Dewitt Says:

    Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start
    my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking
    for something unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had
    to ask!

  28. limerickslife Says:

    I came back to see if Pue had returned as a zombie and started posting again, alas no.

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