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Heuston Station. “One of Dublin city’s most dramatic panoramas.”  Photograph: Frank McNally

One of my favourite corners in Dublin, although it doesn’t even have a name, is the junction between Parkgate Street and Wolfe Tone Quay, where the Lu(...)

Joe Biden’s reference to James Joyce as an Irish poet, and not as novelist or short-story writer, may have taken some by surprise.    Photograph: Hulton Getty

We well know by now that America’s new president Joe Biden likes to quote Irish poets, particularly Seamus Heaney. His eve of inauguration reference t(...)

“We are back to trends pre-economic downturn of 2008 where it was as common to have a bag of coke in your handbag as it was to have 20 cigarettes.” Photograph: Getty Images

Crack cocaine use in Limerick has grown significantly over the last year, and a local addiction treatment centre is now distributing “crack pipes” in (...)

Tuskar Rock Lighthouse by Ivan Sutton (€1,500-€2,000), Whyte’s.

With lockdown restrictions lifting, auction houses are beginning to open up for public viewings once again. Both de Vere’s of Kildare Street and Whyte(...)

When hosting re-enactments of the Christmas dinner described in Joyce’s most famous short story, the former owner liked to tell guests they were in “the most important dining room in world literature”. Above, Brendan Kilty, John Sheahan, John Gallagher, Mark Lawler and Oisin Quinn. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

As someone who was a frequent visitor to No 15 Usher’s Island in the years when Brendan Kilty was heroically trying to keep it alive, I would love to (...)

Janet Moran in 'A Holy Show'

It’s here, starting tonight, in venues (and on the streets and on a bus and wherever you’re having yourself) across Dublin. The enormous, varied, chal(...)

The Hibernian Metropolis by Senan Moloney

While he was holed up inside during the snow a few months ago, Senan Molony came up with a cunning plan, born of boredom. Among the more arcane side i(...)

It’s that time of year when many people are again wrestling with one of the great philosophical questions: “Is it about a bicycle?” Yes, tomorrow’s 51(...)

The viewing tower in Smithfield Square, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A few weeks ago I awoke to a radio report that a violent incident had happened in “Kevin Barry House in north inner city Dublin”. That was all listen(...)

Mick Harford, district parks officer with Dublin City Council in St Anne’s Rose Gardens in Raheny. Photographs: Richard Johnston

If you’re a dedicated rose-lover, then perhaps you already know the story of ‘Peace’. An aristocrat amongst rose cultivars which celebrates its 80th b(...)