One of the most significant things the Republic could do now is to move on from commemorating the men and women of 1916 and continue to build on what (...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton at the count at Phibblestown community centre during what has been a bruising election for the party. Photograph: PA

One public representative who did not have to face the electorate last Friday was President Michael D Higgins. He will have watched the election res(...)

 The Abbey Theatre in its early days. Photograph: the Abbey Theatre.

There was a special meeting of the Abbey Board in January 1939 to mark the death of WB Yeats, which had occurred a few days earlier in the south of Fr(...)

The Spanish commander, Don Juan del Águila, was   desperate for the Irish army’s arrival, having been pinned down for months already, his men depleted by hunger and disease.

The Battle of Kinsale probably didn’t hinge on a new year’s gift of whiskey, contrary to popular myth. But the excesses of the season, 1601-style, may(...)

Philip Astley was awarded the second Dublin theatre patent in 1788. His circus extravaganza, left, as aficionados may be aware, comes in for attention in Jane Austen’s Emma and Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop

Stage censorship and rioting in the auditorium – topics well covered in the existing literature – by no means exhaust the subject matter of law in reg(...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

Sean O’Faolain photographed on his 90th birthday in February 1990. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

On the centenary of his birth, in 2000, the novelist Julia O’Faolain celebrated the fact that her father, Seán Ó Faoláin, who had died in 1991, “se(...)

Witty and sometimes caustic: Honor Tracy, who lived in Ireland after the second World War. Photograph: B Seed/Lebrecht/Photographers Direct

This year is the 60th anniversary of one of the most famous libel cases in Irish legal history – and one with an unexpected twist. After the second Wo(...)

The big name on the programme for this year’s Cork International Short Story Festival (September 16-18) is the American author Richard Ford. Photograph: Frank Miller
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  • September 11, 2014, 15:24

To celebrate Culture Night on September 19th, the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar will host a series of pop-up readings in conjunction with the Big Smok(...)

A cartoon from May 1829 depicting Daniel O’Connell (centre) arriving to take his seat in parliament after the passing of the Catholic Emancipation Act in April 1829.  Looking on from the middle distance are British prime minister, the Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), and home secretary and leader of the House of Commons, Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847) is in one way the best-remembered Irishman who flourished in the 19th century. Streets are called after him in a great(...)