It is understood that LÉ Seamus Heaney has been considered in military circles, subject to the agreement of the late Nobel laureate’s family. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty Images

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are Minister for Defence and you have just decided to purchase a third new Naval Service offshore patrol vessel.T(...)

Saved from destruction: the Maunsel proofs of Dubliners, which Joyce rescued

‘The Abbey Theatre will be open and they will give plays of Yeats and Synge. You have a right to be there because you are my bride: and I am one of th(...)

Seamus Heaney: teamed up with Des Kavanagh as a boarder at St Columb’s College

Louis MacNeice on Nimmo’s pier head, Moya Cannon on the banks of the Corrib, Mairtín Ó Direáín east of Arainn ... wherever you walk in Galway, (...)

Genius: James Joyce around 1918, while he was writing Ulysses. Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty
James Joyce and me

Not long ago, while visiting my son in San Francisco, I noticed that the toilet paper in his bathroom bore the legend: “Do you suffer from bathroom an(...)

 James Joyce (1882-1941) in Zurich. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

James Joyce was born in 1882 into a Dublin middle-class family on its way down. His father, John Stanislaus, a rate collector who had dissipate(...)