A plaque unveiled at Samuel Beckett’s former house in Chelsea. Nobel Laureate and physicist Patrick Blackett also lived at the house from 1953 to 1969. Photograph: PA

Samuel Beckett had little good to say about London when he lived there in the 1930s but the city will honour him on Wednesday when Downton Abbey actor(...)

Hitachi’s Emiew3 humanoid robot: the technology behind so-called “chatbots” is starting to move very quickly.  Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Do you care which one? Sometimes, a pizza is just a pizza, isn’t it? A taxi is just a taxi, as long as it turns up and gets you there? A paper, maybe (...)

Green Party TD Catherine Martin: “Now is the time when members should step up and speak up for the people who elected you.”

Newly elected Green Party TD Catherine Martin delivered a strong maiden speech in the Dáil on Thursday in which she urged the two main parties, Fine G(...)

A brand new house on Dalkey Hill, nearly opposite Torca Cottage – once George Bernard Shaw’s home – is as modern as it could be, with lots of floor-t(...)

Donnacha Dennehy: his approach to words and voices is reverential

Sometimes you really don’t end up where you thought you would. Last week the National Concert Hall presented Imagining Home, a series of concerts as (...)

Joe Gough of Ireland celebrates winning the men’s 800m masters final at the World Indoor Championships in Oregon. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We piled into the Volvo estate with Rhode Island plates and tore up I-95 towards Harvard University. If there’s one thing guaranteed to get college at(...)

View of the crowd gathered outside the ruins of the GPO in April 1916. Photograph: Getty Images

Here is everything you have wanted to know about the 1916 Easter Rising but have been afraid to ask. Q: So is this like your Fourth of July, or Bast(...)

Suffragist Margaret Sandhurst was the first woman to be given the Freedom of the City, in 1889, three years before her death.

In 140 years, 80 people have been awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. Nominated by the Lord Mayor, and approved by Dublin City Council, the awa(...)

“It was through George Bernard Shaw I discovered that the shape of 19th century concerts was radically different to what we are used to today”

I don’t know when I first became interested in how concerts have changed over the years. It could have been from my teenage reading of the musical cr(...)

Shakespeare’s plays as originally pronounced sounded not only Irish, but positively Oirish in parts

You may recall a skirmish in these pages recently on the subject of how James Joyce and Sean O’Casey spoke, specifically whether their accents sounded(...)