England’s Maro Itoje. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

There are still pedants out there – I might even be one myself – who regret that the original meaning of “decimate” is no longer much called for in ev(...)

One of the statues removed by the hotel. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Enforcement action has been initiated by Dublin City Council against the Shelbourne Hotel for the removal of four statues from the front of the buildi(...)

One of the four statues removed by the Shelbourne Hotel. Photograph: Wiki Commons

The mini-controversy which blew up this week over the Shelbourne Hotel’s removal of four statues from its front entrance on St Stephen’s Green in Dubl(...)

A view of a statueless plinth at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nineteenth century documentation proves conclusively that the statues taken down by the Shelbourne Hotel do not depict slave girls, an art historian h(...)

For many Icap clients, anxieties about contracting the virus are amplified by age, existing health conditions or both. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Describing wartime London, Elizabeth Bowen wrote of bomb ravaged streets as “islands of exalted if stricken silence”. As we live through the most sign(...)

Dublin City Council’s Covid-19 queuing rules are designed to prevent overcrowding on the city’s shopping streets, particularly pedestrianised areas such as Henry Street and Grafton Street (above).  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dublin city shops will have to enforce a strict on-street queuing regime if they are to reopen their doors on Monday. Shop owners must ensure custome(...)

Illustration: Andrew Rybalko/iStock/Getty

From established talent to rising stars, and whether you prefer fact or fiction, all of these books deserve a place on your reading list in the mon(...)

Novelist Elizabeth Bowen at Bowen’s Court, her ancestral home, in Co Cork. Photograph: Slim Aarons/Getty Images

How do you keep on writing when your everyday life has suddenly turned into a nightmare, a place where death seems to shadow every step, and you and y(...)

Picture Post: workers harvesting flax in Co Down in 1948. Photograph: Merlyn Severn//Hulton/Getty

The British magazine was extremely popular with readers but not with the Irish censor. Its portraits of ireland are timeless, however In his mem(...)

The current emergency has been a godsend for those patriotically wedded to the sanctity of personal space

I can’t recall when I last hugged a friend. I gaze out at the empty street. The spaces seem wider when they are so sparsely occupied. The pigeons look(...)

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