Ciara Gannon, Cobh, attaching her teddy bear to the gates of Bessborough during the Bessborough Mother and Baby Support Group memorial service in Cork.Pic: Provision

In 1933, the mother of a 19-year-old pregnant single woman from a remote rural region of south Kerry approached a neighbouring respectable and well(...)

A mural honouring Frederick Douglass in Belfast.

Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave forced to flee the US in 1845, aboard the paddlesteamer Cambria out of Boston, when his autobiography, Narrati(...)

Bounded by books: Ivan Klíma. Photograph: Tomas Krist/Isifa/Getty
The limits of dissent
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  • May 3, 2014, 01:00

On his second visit to Prague, in the spring of 1973, Philip Roth met several dissident writers, including Milan Kundera, Ivan Klíma, Ludvík Va(...)

Sinan Antoon: longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014

Sinan Antoon is author of The Corpse Washer (Yale University Press), translated from Arabic by the author and recently longlisted for the Independe(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

On October 30th, 1913, in the French village of Montauban-de- Bretagne, Joseph Lemarchand was born, the only child of a tenant-farming family t(...)

Transforming India

While this book covers more than just the financial and economic side of India, anyone interested in doing business there will find it a useful guide(...)

 Psychiatrist  Ivor Browne, pictured at his home in Ranelagh. Photograph: Dave Meehan
The Gentleman Browne

‘Is he still alive?” people keep asking. Yes he is, very much so, and is as challenging as ever. Visionary, revolutionary and preparing to take lea(...)

Understanding the change in Ian Paisley has thrown even the most astute commentators off course. How did the demagogue whose constant rant was: “Never(...)