Rob Doyle: “I’m grateful to the authors of shorter books, because my concentration is shot from the internet and all the coffee”

Rob Doyle was born in Dublin, and holds a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and an MPhil in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin. His (...)

James Barry: ‘Self-portrait as Timanthes’. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Cork-born painter James Barry bestrides the Irish visual imagination like a colossus. But, despite his magnitude, he managed to remain invisible f(...)

Mirror, mirror: ‘Many psychologists believe we are hard-wired for self-conscious emotions such as shame’

How is it that a spot, a grey hair, or a bit of flab can crush the spirit so? For highly evolved beings, we still have a very primitive reaction to(...)

Every now and then I like to remind myself that my mother was born into a house without electricity. More arresting still, my maternal grandfat(...)

 Julian Assange speaking to the media inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London ahead of the first anniversary earlier this year. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who has been holed up in an embassy in London for more than a year, is to deliver the traditional faith spot (...)

Chris Wood; ‘A lot of writers appear, to my ear, to be trammelled’

Few artists are documenting the reality of this recession with the belly punch that Woody Guthrie landed during America’s great dustbowl Depression. G(...)

Chris Wood: None the Wiser
  • Music
  • May 24, 2013, 01:00

“Estuary soul”, he calls it, “more Church of England than gospel”, this feudal mix of electric guitar, upright bass and the most restrained, grainy(...)

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) won most of the prizes. An Anglican priest, he became canon of Westminster Abbey. Hardly a great scholar, he was n(...)