Padraig Pearse

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The statue of James Joyce off O’Connell Street. In a modern day Ireland where Irish writers in the English language would be seen as an unfortunate blip in a living literature 2,000 years old, where would Joyce fit in? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I had the extremely disconcerting experience recently of sitting through an academic conference in Prague that was being conducted in two languages I (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: has sensibly spelled out the constraints that will limit his capacity to dispense largesse next Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is typical of Irish politics that most of the political pressure on Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in the run-up to the budget is to do the w(...)

Photographer Walter Pfeiffer once met a man from Roundstone who told him “Connemara is grey”. “Grey it certainly is on countless days in winter and o(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the Policing Authority. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The head of the Policing Authority has said it is “unfortunate” that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the authori(...)

Anti-water charges protesters in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

About 10,000-15,000 water charges protesters marched in Dublin on Saturday, in what some called the “final push” against the levies. The demonstratio(...)

“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(...)

Stuart Cole, director, Adams Fine Art Auctioneers, with actor Sarah Kinlen, holding the historic Patrick Pearse letter. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government officials have ruled out forcing the owner of Pádraig Pearse’s handwritten surrender letter to sell it to the state. The note, which marke(...)

Written by Patrick Pearse on April 30th, 1916, the letter will go under the hammer with a guide price of between €1 million and €1.5 million

The final surrender order signed by Patrick Pearse during the 1916 Rising is likely to be acquired by a foreign buyer this week, a Dublin auctioneer (...)

Betty and Mairtín Ó Reilly talk to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the  Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh in Rosmuc, Co Galway. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Ireland is in an excellent position to “evangelise” about Europe’s role in promoting peace, tolerance, respect, freedom and dignity, Taoiseach Enda K(...)

File photograph of Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin  in Dublin’s  Pro-Cathedral. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese will mark Culture Night 2016 on Friday evening with events at the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street. The night will b(...)

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