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“Bookshops are filled with happy people and, although their smiles are hidden by masks, you can still see make out from a social distance the delight in their eyes.” Photograph: Getty Images

The reopening of bookshops has been a cause for celebration, with bibliophiles comparing their euphoria to that of a child let loose in a sweet shop. (...)

 Laurence Sterne: the reputation of his comic masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, has endured. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On Wednesdays, classes in Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar in 1970 finished early but the school bus did not depart until 4.30pm. I spent the two hours in th(...)

Reading Gaol: Oscar Wilde’s prison cell. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty

The metal stairway creaks and groans underfoot on the way to cell C. 3.3, a bare oblong room of painted brick behind a large and forbidding prison doo(...)

When writing Diving for Pearls, Jamie O’Connell felt a shared experience of being born a certain way and being told that it was repulsive throughout  childhood.

I was 21 when I met my mother for the first time in 15 years. We met in a cafe just off St Patrick’s Street in Cork. It was at the height of the Celti(...)

Documentary maker and writer Gráinne Lyons, at Aughris Head in Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Two weeks past midsummer in June 2019, I stood on a cliff edge at the tip of Cape Clear Island, the Fastnet lighthouse a hazy silhouette against the h(...)

Vera Pauw: “Women coaches in football have it harder than male coaches, let’s say it like that. We say that we need to have elephant skin.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Vera Pauw’s handling of the ongoing absence from the Republic of Ireland women’s squad of Tyler Toland continues to intrigue after she claimed the iss(...)

Kate Winslet photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth/New York Times

Philly’s a tough town. If there’s a quintessential story about the City of Brotherly Love, it’s this one: in 2015, when Canadian researchers developed(...)

The Government moved to clamp down on the bulk-buying of new homes with an increased stamp duty of 10% on certain multiple house purchases. Photograph: iStock

The growing list of housing estates swept up by so-called cuckoo funds has increased the frustration of people who say they are locked out from the pr(...)

The funeral of writer and academic Seamus Deane in the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harolds Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Seamus Deane loved Derry, his daughter Émer recalled at his funeral service on Monday, remembering the excitement of childhood family trips there at H(...)

Sod that: Deputy mayor of Fingal Robert O’Donoghue, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien and mayor of Fingal David Healy at the sod-turning on a new social and affordable housing scheme at Dun Emer, Lusk, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

In a surprise development on Friday, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien was handed a shovel but, despite his best efforts, he was unable to dig hims(...)

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