Should one feel gloomy for being so small within the cosmos?  Photograph: Reuters/Nasa

Astronauts looking down on the “pale blue dot” where we live have commonly reported a kind of epiphany known as the “overview effect”. From space, the(...)

Throwaway returns to  the winner’s enclosure after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1904

Traditionalists are still reeling from those shock scenes at Royal Ascot this week, in which gentlemen removed their jackets because of the heat and w(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

“One of the things he did in America, in 1918, was devise a system for encrypting text”

More than half a century after his death, John Francis Byrne has suffered the unusual fate that his name is now much less famous than his address. The(...)

Leonard Cohen  in Dublin in 2009.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Listening to Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat yet again over the weekend, I was struck for the first time by the song’s similarity, at least in th(...)

There was no doubt in my mind that the people who were frolicking around Sandycove in straw boaters and blazers were the very same kind of people who drove the young Joyce out of Dublin, and would have been quick to condemn him if he returned.

For a long time, I hated Bloomsday. Not because of any hostility to James Joyce – on the contrary, I have always considered myself to be a bit of a Jo(...)

Michael Moran and Josephine O’Connell on “Molly Bloom’s bed” at the Bloomsday brunch and Street Party in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

More than 400 people assembled on Dublin’s North Great George’s Street yesterday to bask in the sunshine and take part in a Bloomsday brunch linked to(...)

James Joyce: time to yet again celebrate Joyce’s transfiguration of the commonplace into art. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Ulysses, written by James Joyce – one of Ireland’s most cantankerous exiles – is very funny, organic, lively and grows on rereading. The more snobbis(...)

John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Leopold Bloom – possibly one of the most endearing and likeable Everyman figures in literature “A very embarrassing book. No one likes his priv(...)

Craftsmen were busy in 1868 constructing a pair of villas: Somerton and Medina on Terenure Road West. Medina is immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulyss(...)