Victim of war: James Joyce around 1918. Photograph: C Ruf/Archive/Getty

Joyce finished the first chapter of Ulysses on June 16th, 1915, and it could not have been easy. The Berlitz school where he was teaching closed indef(...)

The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

An autographed theatre programme recently acquired by the UCD Library reminds us that even in a digital age, printed documents with ink inscrip(...)

British soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front during the first World War. Italy famously changed sides in 1915, entering the war on the side of Britain, France and Russia. Photograph: Reuters

If I were to ask you to name a patriot executed in 1916 by a colonial power for his nationalist beliefs, you might think of Pádraig Pearse, Joseph (...)

Last year Antinori inaugurated its new glass-and-rusted-steel winemaking facility. Tours of its cantina and grounds are now available. Photograph: Kathryn Ream Cook
Weekend in . . . Chianti

Stretching between Florence and Siena in the heart of Tuscany, the Chianti wine region is the romanticised Italy of daydreams: terracotta-roofed to(...)

 James Joyce (1882-1941) in Zurich. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

James Joyce was born in 1882 into a Dublin middle-class family on its way down. His father, John Stanislaus, a rate collector who had dissipate(...)