WB Yeats – “I think it better that in times like these/ A poet’s mouth be silent ...”

“Never such innocence again” In his poem “MCMXIV”, looking back on the first World War two decades later, Philip Larkin writes of it as the des(...)

Desolation: part of Zonnebeke, painted in 1918 by William Orpen. Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Ireland, poetry and the first World War is a story of contradictions, of contrasts and, a century later, of reconciliation. It should not pass us b(...)

Irish outlook: George Bernard Shaw. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

In June 1915 WB Yeats wrote to his American friend and patron John Quinn about the Great War then raging across Europe. It was, he said, “merely th(...)

Mainstays of modernism: Ezra Pound, the attorney John Quinn, Ford Maddox Ford and James Joyce in Pound’s Paris studio in 1923. Photograph from Joyce Images, by Bob Cato and Greg Vitiello with an introduction by Anthony Burgess (Norton, 1994)

In April 1940, as the second World War intensified, British novelist Virginia Woolf gave a lecture to the Workers’ Educational Association in Brigh(...)

Dublin has changed more in the last few years than at any time since its Edwardian era ended back in the 1960s. The accumulated wealth of the devel(...)

Elstow, on Monkstown’s Knapton Road is a house of two moods. The original part, built in the 1930s, is a full-on Arts and Crafts-era space, complet(...)

‘The Book of Kells in all its glory is now fully digitalised at the digitalcollections.tcd.ie (http://bit.ly/1Deu6EM). The manuscript in its entirety can be studied by all.’

The Book of Kells, housed in the Trinity College library, is a fascinating manuscript. It is first and foremost a Book of the Gospels. When you look a(...)

Auctioneers Bonhams said a rare first edition of  The Sceptical Chymist by Robert Boyle (above), published in London in 1661, had sold for £362,500 (€492,192).

A 17th century book by the Co Waterford-born scientist Robert Boyle has sold at auction in London for almost half a million euro – and established a n(...)

Margaret Hayes, city librarian, in a chip van outside the Rotunda Hospital serving from left; Angela Cassidy, Roddy Doyle, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, Philip Martin, Peter Sheridan and Niall Stokes, during the launch of Dublin: One City One Book, 2015 programme. This year’s book  is Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a nostalgia-laden occasion for Roddy Doyle as he celebrated the selection of his Barrytown Trilogy for Dublin: One City One Book for 2015 surro(...)

Craftsmen were busy in 1868 constructing a pair of villas: Somerton and Medina on Terenure Road West. Medina is immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulyss(...)