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Ulick O’Connor. Photograph: Eric Luke

The funeral of writer, poet and historian Ulick O’Connor will take place in south Dublin on Friday. Mr O’Connor died on Monday, aged 90. His funeral (...)

The writer and historian Ulick O’Connor at home in Rathgar  in 2001. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ulick O’Connor Born: October 12th, 1928 Died: October 7th, 2019 Ulick O’Connor, who has died aged 90, spoke his mind regardless of the cost to othe(...)

Devinish Road in Kimmage. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What’s so good about Kimmage? Split between Dublin 6W and Dublin 12, Kimmage boasts an intriguing history. In the 1950s, the area had its own cinema,(...)

Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

Stephen Rea: Miriam disarms Rea’s lugubriously diffident public persona. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At a time when so many current leaders on the world stage are fantasists peddling harmful fictions, it’s perhaps surprising that some of the most trut(...)

Statue of Edmund Burke at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The words “Burkean” and “berk” do not often appear together in print, but when they featured side-by-side in the subheading of an Economist article on(...)

National Library director Sandra Collins with actor Rory Dignam playing the role of Sebastian Dangerfield, the protagonist of Donleavy’s novel The Ginger Man. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are many stories surrounding the writing and publication of The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy’s great novel about student life in postwar Dublin in th(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

The original 12: Mary Gilmartin (nee) Browne, Angela Leavy (nee) Burke, Elizabeth Noeleen McGrath (nee) Cooke, Elizabeth Dwyer, Kathleen Kelly (nee) McFadden, Sarah O’Sullivan (nee McGuiness), Helena Sparrow (nee) Hayden, Bridget Deale (nee) Sharkey, Margaret Brown (nee)Tierney, Mary B Wymbs, Deirdre Killeen, Mary O’Donnell

Female Garda recruits should not be “horse-faced” but care must also be taken to ensure they were not “too good-looking”, the Dáil was told when the f(...)

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I’ve long believed Bloomsday should be a national holiday. Or that the June Bank Holiday should be transferred to the 16th of this month. The weather (...)

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