Concerns that the increase on cigarette prices will lead to increased criminality leading to it being called a “Nidge” tax.

Another touch of Frost in the Kildare Street air and it had nothing to do with the change in the weather. Michael Noonan was moved to quote American p(...)

FX Buckley is keeping tradition to the fore of its efforts to modernise and expand. From right: butchers Darragh Buckley, Alan McKay and Ian Fleming

FIONA REDDANWith a history in Dublin’s meat industry stretching back to the time of James Joyce’s Ulysses – and before – it’s no surprise that FX Buck(...)

Tricia Fleming from Bikram Yoga Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson
Yoga Day this Sunday

This Sundaythe 12th the Dublin Buddhist Centre hosts a Yoga Day, led by Prabharka, a Iyengar yoga teacher from Birmingham. Suitable for all levels (...)

 Conor Brady on writing The Guarding of Ireland – the Garda Síochána and the Irish State 1960 – 2014: “A big task to research everything that happened over half a century with very few papers available”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A disturbingly subversive book for an adolescent schoolboy(...)

The Irish Sea should be seen as a  shared space rather than a barrier. Illustration: Thinkstock

For far too long, the waterway between these islands has been viewed more as a “barrier” than as a “shared space”, Prof John Brannigan of UCD’s sch(...)

First World War memorabilia including a photograph of what appear to be of members of the Royal Flying; a photograph of three German Soldiers; the cards sent by Emilio Pazzi; a leather pouch bought at a market in the Somme; a letter from an Austrian soldier calling himself only ‘A’; and a French prayerbook. Photograph: Oisín Patrick Murphy

In Europe’s antiques markets they deal in the dead: old identity papers, school reports, postcards, union subscriptions, photographs, permits. (...)

What would Beckett say?
  • Books
  • August 12, 2014, 00:00

To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Proust) Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awfu(...)

The Ormond hotel on Ormond Quay, Dublin, closed since 2005. The development company said the buildings were in poor condition and the prominent quayside site would be substantially improved by a new development, but this was being blocked by “literary fiction” and romanticism. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The demolition of a Dublin hotel associated with James Joyce’s Ulysses and the construction of a €20 million hotel on its site has been refused by An(...)

Irish Guards with a wounded man in a trench in Wytschaete, Belgium. Photograph: Fr Browne.

It was just after Christmas 1916 when Fr Frank Browne wrote from the front in Flanders to his Jesuit provincial in Ireland. “On St Stephen’s Day the m(...)

Furtive: the appeal of ‘sexting’ may have to do with its secretive nature and the human capacity to get a physical kick from language. Photograph: Thinkstock

Listening to Jim Norton’s wonderful reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses on CD the other day, it struck me that the only new thing about the current pract(...)