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John Millington Synge. Drawing by John Butler Yeats, National Gallery of Ireland

Born in Dublin 150 years ago today (April 16th), John Millington Synge would still be only a baby when the event that inspired his greatest play happe(...)

A plaque on Cesca Chenevix Trench’s birthplace records her name in English but describes her as an “Artist and Gaelic Leaguer”.

During a tragically short life that began 130 years ago this week, Cesca Chenevix Trench made a long political journey. Born in Liverpool of Anglo-Iri(...)

Swimming is now Ireland’s second participation sport involving some 9 per cent of the population. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

That first toe in the sea is a reassuring surprise. The December swimmer, torn by “not today perhaps” doubts as he orshe tiptoes down the Forty Foot r(...)

The Abbey: Ireland’s national theatre. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

IF THE ABBEY IS NOT A WORLD-CLASS THEATRE, IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE CANON OF IRISH DRAMA AND HAS BEEN WORSENING THE CONDITIONS MOST THEATRE PRACTIT(...)

Happy Bloomsday, dear reader. In my (humble) opinion this should be a national holiday. Instead of a bank holiday on the first Monday of June I’d swit(...)

Readers will have to excuse me this morning. I’m still slightly viral as a result of something I picked up during the Liffey Swim last weekend.  (...)

‘The Children of Oliver St John Gogarty, Dermot, Brenda and Noll at Renvyle, Connemara with the Twelve Pins’, estimated at €10,000-€15,000, at the Fonsie Mealy auction.

A painting, ironically dating from 1916, of children in the west of Ireland that was “slashed” by the IRA during the Civil War has been successfully (...)

James Joyce: time to yet again celebrate Joyce’s transfiguration of the commonplace into art. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Ulysses, written by James Joyce – one of Ireland’s most cantankerous exiles – is very funny, organic, lively and grows on rereading. The more snobbis(...)

John Shevlin dressed as James Joyce at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, in 2012. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Leopold Bloom – possibly one of the most endearing and likeable Everyman figures in literature “A very embarrassing book. No one likes his priv(...)

Detail from Sir William Orpen’s portrait of British actress Gladys Cooper is the top lot at Whyte’s upcoming auction

After this week’s record-breaking auctions in New York, the publication of catalogues for the pre-summer Dublin art auctions at Adam’s and Whyte’s mar(...)

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