Bernard Shaw

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The question that now faces the world is a stark one: can humans concentrate their collective minds without an external enemy? Photograph: Getty

“Depend upon it, sir,” said Samuel Johnson, “when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully”. We do indeed h(...)

For people living in poverty, cash may be a much more effective mental health treatment than anything pharmacology has invented. Photograph: iStock

When did the biggest reduction in poverty in the history of the United States take place? During the New Deal era of the 1930s, when Franklin Roosevel(...)

 I’m reminded of a line Emily Dickinson wrote in a letter to TW Higginson in 1872: “To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.” Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

This summer, The Irish Times will offer tips, advice and information for parents on how to help their children thrive during the holiday mon(...)

George Bernard Shaw: of his 63 plays, seven  saw the light of day at the Malvern Theatre Festival. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Sixty years ago, Sir Barry Jackson, the founder of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, shuffled of his mortal coil, but not before he had created another cu(...)

When the curtain came down on Our New Girl, did it come down on innovative programming along with it? Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

One billion years ago, before the advent of TikTok musicals and streamed monologues on YouTube, plays were staged in buildings called theatres. It’s d(...)

The Johnny Ronan site on the corner of Tara Street and the quays. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

At the beginning of 2020, it felt as if new hotels were springing out of the ground in Dublin like daffodils. A long tourism boom had spurred plans fo(...)

Vaccination against Covid-19 has been developed and is being tested. File photograph: iStock

In 1944, a somewhat cranky old man wrote a long letter to The Irish Times in which he gave out about “the dangerous and grossly unscientific operation(...)

There is no denying that a sense of the preposterous drifts around Bono like dry ice. But the interesting question is: so what? Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

BONO TURNS 60 on Sunday. MAYBE IT’S TIME TO ASK WHAT IT IS THAT HAS MADE HIM THE MOST FAMOUS IRISHMAN OF THE PAST CENTURY After he had become a (...)

The National Public Health Emergency Team: neither elected representatives nor the media have access to the meetings of by far the most influential body in the management of the crisis. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

In July 1915, patriotic fervour was at fever pitch in Britain. Criticism of the conduct of the Great War was close to treason. But Bernard Shaw insist(...)

Grand Canal, Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

What’s so good about it? Not for nothing is Portobello regarded as one of the most desirable (and priciest) city neighbourhoods in Dublin. “Hipsteria(...)

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