Data from the European Space Agency’s Planck space telescope indicates that star formation began about 550 million years after the Big Bang that gave birth to the universe. Photograph: AFP Photo/European Southern Observatory/ VVV consortium

The first stars twinkled into life some 100 million years later than was previously thought, new research suggests.Data from the European Space Agency(...)

‘The current exhibition in Marsh’s, which runs until the end of August 2015, examines what Joyce read during his visits to the Library in October 1902. Strangely, for somebody usually seen as one of Ireland’s most famous non-believers, he was interested in St Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition.’ Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Yesterday marked 133 years to the day since James Joyce was born. Like many people, I have long had mixed views about Joyce. I enjoyed Dubliners ve(...)

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(...)