Brendan Behan

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Polling throughout the Brexit referendum campaign found an almost perfect correlation between how people felt about Boris Johnson and how they intended to vote. Photograph: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

Brendan Behan claimed he had passed a hole in which the workers had laid down their shovels to sing Happy Birthday. He asked which of them the celebra(...)

It has taken too many apocalyptic wildfires for humanity to see that the sparks that it lit at its own dawning have created a deathly glow on the dark horizon of its future. Photograph: Fateh Guidoum/AP

“Habit,” says Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, “is a great deadener.” This is now literally true. If we humans continue with our curren(...)

Brendan Behan: never claimed authorship of The Old Triangle.

Getting back to Trumpeter Landfried (An Irishman’s Diary, October 27th), a survivor of the charge of the Light Brigade whose voice is preserved on rec(...)

Cara and Poppy Delevingne: evocative names. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

Dominic Raab may be right when, urging British employers to hire ex-convicts as a solution to Brexit labour shortages, he suggests released prisoners (...)

Roy Foster was sceptical of Patrick Joyce’s claim to have heard Irish spoken in Kilburn during his 1960s childhood

During a lengthy correspondence about Irish and fáinne-wearing in the Times Literary Supplement recently, English author Geoffrey Wheatcroft suggested(...)

The best example of Theodorakis’s combination of music and politics is that of a policeman during the military dictatorship humming a Theodorakis melody within earshot of a passerby, whom he then arrested for listening to the outlawed music of the exiled composer. Photograph: Getty

The death last month of composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis at the age of 96 has highlighted the way we live by the power of a myth. When told o(...)

A brave few among us have been warning about the danger of creeping Thanksgiving for some time. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images

So we are set to celebrate Thanksgiving Day in Ireland? Howdy, pardner. More sarsaparilla with your chicken-fried grits? I guess I’ll jest mosey down (...)

The caseroom in Burgh Quay, Dublin  where the Sunday Press, Evening Press and Irish Press were produced. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The dominant Irish politician of the 20th century, Eamon de Valera, attained and retained power for one-third of that century with the help of the new(...)

 Patrick Kavanagh. Photograph: Elinor Wiltshire/National Library of Ireland

Among the books that landed on my desk recently was “From the Grand Canal to the Dodder”, subtitled “Illustrious Lives”, by Beatrice M Doran, a sort o(...)

 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(...)

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