Mount Rushmore: Abraham Lincoln may pass muster, but Thomas Jefferson (slave owner), George Washington (slave owner) and Theodore Roosevelt (white supremacist and imperialist) do not. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty

Who’d have thought that the most provocative visual art of our time would be old statues of old white guys? From Cape Town to New Orleans, from Oxford(...)

Friends reunited at last year’s Emigrant Disco on the Saturday before Christmas.

What do you do as an event promoter when the crowd you organise gigs for, not to mind your own friends, have all left? For John Mahon, a former dir(...)

Witty and relevant: the work of Oscar Wilde  has aged well

You could argue, with The Importance of Being Earnest at the Gate and You Never Can Tell at the Abbey, that our two major theatres are playing host to(...)

Brian Clough: “We’ve done it as I assume everybody wants to do their job: nicely, honourably and well.”   (AP Photo/PA)

In the delicious recent documentary I Believe in Miracles, there’ s a clip of Brian Clough being asked how he and Peter Taylor had achieved one of the(...)

Graffiti in Brazil depicting the drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi. It reads: “Peace, abandoned”. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

‘Must Christ be crucified in every generation for the benefit of those who have no imagination?” The question posed by Bernard Shaw in his play St Joa(...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

Irish outlook: George Bernard Shaw. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

In June 1915 WB Yeats wrote to his American friend and patron John Quinn about the Great War then raging across Europe. It was, he said, “merely th(...)

Some of our family first met MacDonagh when, shortly after the opening of St Enda’s College, in 1908, my sisters Grace and Muriel and myself were brou(...)

Astro Teller, who oversees Google X, speaks of driverless cars at South by Southwest Interactive. Photograph:  Reuters/Laura Buckman

Now in its 22nd year, the SXSW Interactive event opened the overall festival in Austin with a smorgasbord of tech, business, science, gaming etc. At (...)

For dance music fans, Ireland is not a bad place to be at the minute. Rather than having nowhere to go at the weekend, the more common problem is havi(...)