Brighton Square is one of Dublin 6’s loveliest squares. Triangular rather than square in shape, it is best known as the birthplace of James Joyce on (...)

A first edition of ‘Dubliners’ with the original green dust-jacket went for £86,500 at Sotheby’s in 2013.

Since the new year, first edition copies of Dubliners by James Joyce can officially be classified as “antiques” – or antiquarian as they’re describ(...)

 Back in business: Grafton Street in the run-up to Christmas. Photograph: Eric Luke

If ever there was a sign that the Celtic Tiger is waking from its long hibernation, it is a man with a “Leprechaun yourself” stand on Grafton Street. (...)

Detail from ‘Decoration’ which draws on traditional images of the madonna and child

In October 1923 the Irish Times reviewed an art exhibition mounted by the Society of Dublin Painters. The anonymous critic confessed to being puzzled (...)

Playwright and author Aodhan Madden has died aged 67.

The playwright and author Aodhan Madden has died aged 67. A member of Aosdána he was born and raised in Dublin’s North Circular Rd, the third youngest(...)

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(...)