Sarah McIntyre’s Pictures Mean Business. Pictures “make stories come alive for children. When children pull a book off the shelf that they can’t read yet, they choose the book for the pictures.” Illustration: Sara McIntyre

In January, leading industry magazine The Bookseller published a chart listing the top 20 illustrators in the UK in 2018. Tony Ross, who has created t(...)

Saint Columbanus as depicted in the Irish College in Rome

I’m not sure why Columbanus, the sixth- century holy man whose feastday this is, should be considered the patron saint of motorcyclists.  It see(...)

If you find yourself in “a strange or unfamiliar place or situation” then, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you are now officially “not in Kansas anymore”.

The columnist’s best friend has delivered yet again. We have another list of new entries to the Oxford English Dictionary. The dearth of potential top(...)

WB  Yeats: The Princeton letters date from 1903 to 1913. Photograph: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress.

A collection of unpublished letters written by WB Yeats that was stolen in the 1970s and returned “anonymously” has been identified at Princeton Unive(...)

A mural depicting Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan on a Dublin wall on November 24th, 2010. In early October Ireland had crossed the threshold from financial vulnerability to irreversible crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish crisis had been building since late September 2008. To persuade creditors to continue to fund Irish banks, the government had guaranteed tha(...)

John Redmond addressing a home rule meeting at Parnell monument on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.
The durable democrat

For 18 years in a row, John Redmond was elected chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party – from February 1900 until his untimely death in March 1918.(...)

Ghassan Jansiz in his bookshop in Homs. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Opening the Oxford and Cambridge English bookshop in the Syrian city of Homs in 2015 as the war in that country raged on was a risky business venture (...)

Bikers working for food-delivery service Deliveroo enter a restaurant to pick up meals they will deliver in Paris. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

Digital platforms that use crowdsourcing to get the people they need to provide services such as riding, sharing and food delivery have proliferated o(...)

A horse-drawn carriage leading an anti-austerity march in O’Connell Street, Dublin, in 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke

Austerity was necessary to correct Ireland’s public finances, but it was not responsible for the rapid recovery of the country’s economy subsequently,(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster posing for a portrait at her party’s headquarters a day after deputy first minister Martin McGuinness resigned. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Surrounded by DUP delegates as they sang “Arlene’s on fire” up on stage with their new heroine at their party conference in Belfast last October, Demo(...)

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