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James Joyce. Some wonder whether Joyce’s revolutionary volume is being treated as a safe cultural commodity, useful for attracting visitors but losing its relevance as it does so. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images

Shortly after James Joyce took possession of the first copies of Ulysses in his Paris home on February 2nd, 1922, his 40th birthday, it became clear t(...)

Mary Maher was the first women’s editor at The Irish Times

Tributes have been paid to the the journalist, trade unionist and feminist activist Mary Maher, who has died at the age of 81. At The Irish Times, wh(...)

Dr Maurice J Casey: ‘Many of us emerge from the experience of writing a PhD with uncertainty about the so-called ‘real world value’ of our dissertation. The challenging job market compounds the situation.’

What did you study and where? I went to secondary school at Coláiste Dún Iascaigh in Cahir, Tipperary. My university education began in Trinity Colle(...)

Clare Island, Co Mayo. Witch-like, gap-toothed, with long wispy grey hair and always dressed in bright colourful clothes, Nora Daly was said to wander from village to village. Photograph: Getty Images

It is hardly surprising that the Sawdoctors’ song The Green and Red of Mayo is the anthem du jour for all those fans of the comeback kids who recently(...)

Agnes O'Casey: ‘It’s so rare and lucky to be able to hear your great-grandad’s thoughts and feelings. I feel like I have a relationship with him.’ Photograph: Pip Bourdillon

Agnes O’Casey recalls her childhood was “like having two lives”. For the most part, she had a relatively normal upbringing as the daughter of hospital(...)

TCD microbiologist Dr Kim Roberts shows a carbon dioxide monitoring device which can help people assess ventilation quality in a space. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

As opening up for indoor dining and hospitality in some form is in the offing, ventilation becomes a key infection control weapon, according to air po(...)

Mary Lou McDonald in Belfast recently. Photograph: Sinn Fein/PA Wire

The politics of condemnation came in from the cold for Sinn Féin this week. Or did it? Decades after adopting this clever phrase as cover for its un(...)

Cush Jumbo: ‘The reality is that actors wish they could choose jobs.’ Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Even virtually, Cush Jumbo’s energy enters the room before she does, which is at a run, with the force of someone just ejected from a cannon. “I don’t(...)

 Austin Clarke: The 125th anniversary of the birth of the poet. Photograph: Jack McManus

‘And O she was the Sunday/in every week”. Who now remembers the poet who wrote those lines used in a long-running Bord na Móna TV ad campaign? The 125(...)

Dua Lipa: the pop star will be at Elton John’s online Oscars pre-party, before the Academy Awards highlights are shown on Monday evening

Cuirt International Festival of Literature Until Sunday, April 25th, free (pay what you can), You couldn’t have written a stranger story than(...)

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