The Tricolour above the porch of the Shelbourne hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Shelbourne has always had more grandeur than any other hotel in Dublin’s history. And now, following an almost complete restoration of its exterio(...)

Kassim by the Sea (1978). Copyright the artist’s estate

De Profundis – Patrick Hennessy Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin ★★★★ In 1934 the Scottish artist Edward Baird painted an untypical work as a wed(...)

The Hapenny Bridge. Photograph: Rafael Elias/Getty Images

The day after last month’s general election, a Fine Gael Minister attributed his party’s poor showing to the “Dublin 4 brigade”. Too much attention w(...)

Fintan O’Toole: “I thought perhaps JG Farrell might have been excluded on the basis that he was half-Irish, but so was Laurence Sterne, and Elizabeth Bowen, CS Lewis, Joyce Cary, Jonathan Swift and Iris Murdoch, none of whom was British, got in. Puzzling”

I was one of 82 foreigners enlisted for BBC Culture’s poll of the best 100 British novels. Each of us was asked to pick a top ten. Only half of mine (...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

Elizabeth Bowen: “The disruptions of the war, oddly, gave Bowen a sense of common purpose, making the deep uncertainties of her own identity merely part of the common human condition”

Perhaps the strongest story in this landmark collection, The Happy Autumn Fields, opens with an evocation of an idyllic 19th-century, Anglo-Irish, lan(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

James Brohan’s hardware shop sits on Parnell Steet in Ennis and offers all you would need to maintain a house

Ennis in Co Clare is my home town, so I’m always curious as to what new things are happening there. Forget Me Not on Lower Market Street is a clothes (...)

Bernadette Madden is a painter and print-maker. She shows regularly in Dublin, where she was born, as well as in the US, Australia, Norway and Germany(...)

Elizabeth Bowen: “Hers is a fiction about tradition: about an old world of manners that is passing away. And yet, her writing is also about the future”

I first read Elizabeth Bowen as an undergraduate in UCD and then more intensely later as her work was an integral part of my PhD thesis. Bowen’s wr(...)