Whether driven by market ideology or rationalisation, universities are choked by top-down imposition of corporate thinking and managerial vocabulary, say academics Áine Mahon and Shane Bergin. Photo: iStock/Getty

In Flannery O’Connor’s 1955 short story Good Country People, a young woman named Hulga Hopewell holds a PhD in philosophy. Hulga is an expert on the G(...)

 JP Donleavy at his home,  Levington Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

JP Donleavy, who has died at the age of 91, was best known as the author of The Ginger Man, the critically acclaimed comic masterpiece. It is estimate(...)

A cartoon by “Kilroy” of  Dublin’s Archbishop John Charles McQuaid running a family planning clinic, one of the items up for auction.

Auctions of historical memorabilia can shed fascinating light on aspects of social, political and economic history. Sometimes cartoons depict a story (...)

Brian O’Nolan: wrote his long-running ‘Irish Times’ column, ‘Cruiskeen Lawn’, from 1940 until 1966 under the pseudonym of Myles na gCopaleen.

Myles na gCopaleen meets Mozart, at least in spirit, this week, as the latest International Flann O’Brien Society conference gets under way in the pic(...)

Cyclists on the Waterford greenway

Finding myself in Waterford city recently, with a few hours to spare, I rented a bicycle and, taking to the county’s spectacular new greenway, set off(...)

Celebrating the 51st anniversary of the death of Brian O’Nolan and the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Third Policeman in the snug at The Palace Bar in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It was a day of the bicycle, real and imaginary, in Dublin, where popular protest and purple prose combined to elevate the humble velocipede to greate(...)

The  Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which stores “cephalons”, or frozen heads and other body parts, ready for hopeful reanimation. Photograph: Laura Segall/New YorkTimes

Mark O’Connell has spent the past few years meeting people who want to upload their minds to robots and never die. He has visited warehouses filled wi(...)

Call your kitty into service with the phrase, ‘Mallacht mo chait ort’ – My cat’s curse upon you. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

One question I am sometimes asked as a native Irish speaker is why Irish has no swear words or slang associated with it. The answer of course is that (...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

The published  work of Anthony Cronin, pictured in 2004, included 14 volumes of poetry, novels,  and biographies of Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien. Photograph: Frank Miller

The death yesterday of poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin brings to an end a remarkable link with the bohemian literary world of mid-20th centur(...)