Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

“That Patrick Pearse had been totally captured by that pre-Christian myth of redemptive violence is clear.” Photograph courtesy of the National Archives of Ireland

Jesus of Nazareth did not declare himself head of a sovereign Zion. He did not instruct his followers to seize control of Jerusalem, killing anyone wh(...)

Honor takes one look at our tent-slash-tipi and I know exactly what’s going through her mind. It’s the exact same thing that’s going through mine. (...)

’Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his party leader.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Toddler was away in Brussels on Wednesday. He left the Baby Brute in charge. Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his part(...)

In a word... Ides

One of the great privileges of my day job is that I get to Rome reasonably regularly. Were it not for our Rome correspondent, Paddy Agnew, I would be (...)

So this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over. A new one begun . . . okay, okay. I know! And no. This is not a two-weeks- later-than(...)

In a word

Welcome to August. An august month. You will notice that August can be both noun and an adjective. They have a common parentage. August, the eighth mo(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores one his goals  past goalkeeper Ciarán Naughton of Castlebar Mitchels during the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship final on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

The Ides of March fall two days short of St Patrick’s Day and even if the average club finals afternoon is unlikely to produce anything as dram(...)

Colm Keaveney on the plinth at the Dáil with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When he made the fateful decision to vote against his own party in last December’s budget, Colm Keaveney used a Latin phrase: “Alea iacta est”.Its mea(...)

Colm Keaveney  photographed outside the Dáil after he voted against  controversial Social Welfare cuts in December 2012.  He was  the fifth TD at the time to leave the Labour Party parlimentary party since the coalition with Fine Gael was formed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

When he made the fateful decision to vote against his own party in a Budget Colm Keaveney used a Latin phrase: “Alea iacta est”.Its meaning is the the(...)