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(...)

Samuel Beckett and James Joyce were the main focus of Irish interest in Sotheby’s auction of rare books and manuscripts in London on Tuesday. (...)

In John Kindness’s exhibition Odysseus, we find car bonnets, panels from electrical goods, toilet seats and old clothing pressed into service as supports for images painted, engraved or printed 2:30

John Kindness came to Odysseus by way of Ulysses: not a case of arriving at the Greek through the Latin, more via the looming, monumental presence (...)

Samuel Beckett:  The  collection comprised 347 letters and postcards, written in French,  sent by Beckett to his friends, the French artists Henri and Josette Hayden. Photograph:  Jane Bown/Guardian

A collection of letters and postcards written by playwright Samuel Beckett sold for €180,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London yesterday. The price (...)

A Le Cool cover featuring the Pigeon House by Brendan McCarey 2:58

‘It was too late and we were too tired to carry out our project of visiting the Pigeon House. We had to be home before four o’clock lest our advent(...)