Igor Stravinsky  at Dublin Airport in 1963. Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

It’s mostly forgotten now, more than half a century on, but John F Kennedy was not the only international celebrity to visit Ireland in June 1963. T(...)

In a word . . . Joyce

It was spring 1999 and we were high in the hills near the Macedonian capital, Skopje, looking for Nato troops. War was raging in nearby Kosovo, and Al(...)

May 1916: Thomas (left) and William Kent being marched by British soldiers across Fermoy bridge.
1916: a calendar of events

January 1916 The Gathering Storm Meeting Irish Volunteers leader Eoin MacNeill, James Connolly threatens to lead his tiny Irish Citizen Army (ICA(...)

‘The shock of that famous appearance on Top of the Pops in 1972 wasn’t just the visual weirdness or the playing with homosexuality. There was something deeper and more disturbing going on - the shapeshifter beaming into our living rooms.’

It is obvious enough that David Bowie brought the techniques of the theatre to pop music. But he did something more profound than that: he brought th(...)

Sarah Greene as May in RTÉ’s 1916 drama ‘Rebellion’.

The creator of RTÉ’s 1916 Rising drama Rebellion has said that he did not deliberately set out to write a drama with women as the central characters, (...)

“Alas, my knock on the door of No 15 went unheard, except apparently by a giant papier maché head of Joyce that leered at me from a ground-floor window”

Rain was general all over Ireland on Wednesday night. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly up(...)

The Dead Smock Alley *** It’s not difficult these days to make contact with The Dead. James Joyce’s perfectly wrought short story, also exists as(...)

Vinny made it to Howth harbour but he was forced to take the Dart home. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The guy looking back at Vinny Fitzpatrick in the mirror was no longer middle-aged; he was officially old. Not as aged as Methuselah perhaps but defini(...)

The best-known Irish musical name was that of tenor John McCormack (above), who abandoned the opera house in favour of a concert career

We’re in 2016, and the subject of 1916 is going to be with us for the duration, although the scars in Dublin seem minor compared with the war that wa(...)

Marilyn Monroe: her 1955 new year’s resolutions included a heartbreaking committment to go more regularly for analysis. Photograph: Hulton Archive

So it’s New Year’s Day and you’ve just woken up in a friend’s bath covered in glitter and soup. Hurray. It’s 2016, and time to be getting on with you(...)