The phrase ‘whistleblowing’ did not even enter our language until the 1970s

This has been the year of the whistleblower, with one story dominating domestic headlines more than any other. Disclosures within the Garda about t(...)

President Michael D. Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping  inspect honour guards inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

President Michael D Higgins yesterday spoke of Ireland’s past and present contributions to the globe’s intellectual life and matters of trade as the m(...)

John Banville tackles perhaps the gallery’s most famous piece, Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (1602). His meticulous, erudite account somehow makes us see an overly familiar masterpiece anew.

In 1944 George Bernard Shaw wrote from England to Thomas Bodkin, a former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, to ask whether the institution (...)

Inaword

And so we have two bye-elections, or by-elections (both correct), on Friday next, consequent on last May’s European Parliament elections. The word by((...)

In 1909 the veteran Fenian Tom Clarke, later to be executed for his part in the 1916 Rising, praised in one of his letters “a splendid set of young fe(...)

  German President Joachim Gauck: “This war began in western Europe with Germany’s completely unjustifiable invasion of neutral Belgium.’ Above, with French President François Hollande at the Allies’ Memorial, in Cointe, near Liege, on  August 4th.  Photograph: Julien Warnande/PA

You may have heard George Bernard Shaw say on that promo currently running on RTÉ Radio 1: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”(...)

Director Róisín McBrinn

‘We must reform society before we can reform ourselves,” George Bernard Shaw wrote in the preface to his early play Misalliance. It is this sort of(...)

Kathy Kiera Clarke and Lisa Dwyer Hogg e

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Can you expect a stable play to emerge from a time of extraordinary upheaval? Conceived before the ou(...)

Actor and artistic director Cathal Quinn, actor Clodagh Nic Gabhann and dancer Megan Kennedy will perform in Everlasting Voices / Guthanna Síoraí, which centres on the work of three Irish Nobel Laureates, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The poetry of three Irish Nobel laureates will be brought to life this week in a unique show performed in both English and Irish.Everlasting Voices, a(...)

“Maybe the decade of centenaries will shed new light on the process by which the gunboat Helga was handed over to a young Free State to become the Muirchú, or “Sea Dog”, and henceforth defend the integrity of the territorial waters. It was surely a dark joke by our departing overlords.”

I can understand writers being upset at the new policy of naming naval patrol ships after Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. No doubt some naval patrolle(...)