Literary society: James Joyce with Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare & Co, who first published Ulysses (far right), and her fellow publisher and writer Adrienne Monnier. Photograph: Gisele Freund/Time & Life pictures/Getty Images

In December 1922 Dublin formally became the capital of the new Irish Free State. Ten months earlier, when James Joyce’s Ulysses was published in Paris(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

The Christmas: It’s not just “Christmas” in Ireland. It’s “the” Christmas. And we don’t “spend” it, as people in other countries do: the aim here i(...)

‘Of all the arts centres and theatres outside of Dublin where I’ve heard OTC productions, the Solstice [above] in Navan is in a league of its own.’ Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Music Network’s December 10th concert was one of those annual thank-yous to stakeholders and friends. On December 13th the Crash Ensemble played th(...)

My wife’s latest scheme to suck all of the joy out of Christmas is called degifting? It’s basically a no-present amnesty you agree with your neares(...)

Brownswood House, a 19th-century estate in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and No 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris’s Latin Quarter share one thing in common – Ei(...)

Sean Lynch’s For the Birds, which works with the myth of An Buile Suibhne

What connects a block of ice at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, a cow pat in Carlow, the poetry of WB Yeats and Tom Murphy’s play Bailegangaire? Th(...)

A store star is born: Conor Pope goes to work in Arnotts for the day. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bringing an infamous sex offender to the table on the first day of a new job seems like a bad idea, so I lie to my fellow recruits around the table(...)

Photograph courtesy of Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane

In contrast to James Joyce’s embrace of modernism and escape from Ireland, the Limerick-born artist Seán Keating despised modernist art and returned i(...)

Irish Roots

Can genealogy constitute real history? When I started RF Foster’s new book Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1923, I thought t(...)

Contender: part of Into the West of Ireland, by Paul Henry. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

Joseph Stalin called artists “engineers of the human soul”, and to show that he meant this as a high compliment he added that the production of souls (...)