Douglas Golding, who has died aged 83, was a distinguished Dublin-born consultant rheumatologist. His father was a GP, and his mother the f(...)

James Joyce in Zürich, Switzerland, where his eye problems turned serious: Glaucoma didn’t prevent his other eye wandering. Two women took hold of Joyce’s imagination, apart from Nora, during his stay in Switzerland Photograph: Getty Images

Zürich during the first World War was awash with refugees and racketeers – a vibrant hodgepodge of pacifists, revolutionaries, anarchists and artists (...)

Robert Harris: “I like to walk around and live a quiet bourgeois life and explode empires in my head. I enjoy creating imaginary worlds.” Photograph: Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images

London’s Garrick Club was founded by a group of “literary gentlemen” in 1931 as a meeting place for men of “refinement and education”. Today, its clie(...)

‘She felt a small, quiet panic rise up inside of her. It was the panic of a swimmer who has drifted out, little by little, on a rogue current and w(...)

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell with his son Blake and daughter Alexandra. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The family of retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell, the Gorse Hill one, were in court again this week. The official overseeing his bankruptcy secured per(...)

Seanie Barron on his sticks: “I don’t know is it art or not, only that I like doing it”

Seanie Barron makes walking sticks, a habit he acquired while herding cattle to market as a boy, when he would whittle down a stick to help him alo(...)

File photograph of Blaise, Blake and Alexandra  O’Donnell. File photograph: Collins Courts

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell’s adult children face questioning in court over a number of valuable gifts given to them by their parents. These in(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

A Filipino fisherman who fell ill while trying to rescue a colleague after he was overcome by fumes has died. Joel Alama raised the alarm about the i(...)

‘To worry’ once meant solely what dogs did with sheep, but has come to mean  a state of restlessness and fretfulness inside the mind, a mental bother about the future.

Do emotions have a history? I think they have. I’ve come to understand that what we feel isn’t simply continual through human history even if it is t(...)