Les Doherty and Kat Ballhaus, as  Leopold and Molly Bloom of James Joyce’s Ulysses, prepare for Bloomsday Festival 2021, on Sandymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

What’s happening on June 16th? It’s Bloomsday, when James Joyce devotees celebrate his novel Ulysses. Remind me why that is Joyce’s enormous, ground-(...)

Members of the Theatrical Cavaliers Cricket Club form guard of honour as the remains of actor Pat Laffan are carried out of St Michael’s church following his funeral Mass in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The actor and director Pat Laffan was remembered as a lovable, gruff curmudgeon during his funeral Mass in Dublin on Tuesday. Laffan was a man who co(...)

US first lady Melania Trump walks from her to her motorcade wearing a Zara design jacket with the phrase “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Jacket chaos: Who was the intended audience for Melania Trump’s ‘don’t care’ coat?: The First Lady often seems to use her clothes as a private diary, (...)

Lucia Joyce: Samuel Beckett kept a photograph of her in her silver fish costume. Photograph: Berenice Abbott/Getty

Lucia Joyce, born to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle in Trieste in 1907, has captured the imagination of many writers and artists as tragic muse. Film-m(...)