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James Joyce. Some wonder whether Joyce’s revolutionary volume is being treated as a safe cultural commodity, useful for attracting visitors but losing its relevance as it does so. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images

Shortly after James Joyce took possession of the first copies of Ulysses in his Paris home on February 2nd, 1922, his 40th birthday, it became clear t(...)

David O’Doherty in Along for the Ride

David O’Doherty has carved out a unique niche in Irish comedy as a sort of anti-Tommy Tiernan. O’Doherty is whimsical instead of shouty. And, in cont(...)

The Loch Ness monster: no match for St Columcille. Getty Images

Like the swallows, pandemic or no pandemic, the first of the summer schools have begun to arrive again as usual. The latest starts on Friday night in (...)

The Palace Bar in Fleet Street has seen the funny side of things. Since reopening for takeaways, the premises is disguised as a laundry.

Long before its current notoriety as pandemic party central, Dublin’s South William Street was a place where people went to be judged. There was no (...)

Richard P Russ: the English novelist better known as Patrick O’Brian

Russ Parsons, food writer of this parish, recently arrived in Waterford from California, has asked me about a curious expression he hears in Ireland, (...)

Roberto Di Matteo  scores for Chelsea in the first minute of the 1997 FA Cup Final against Middlesbrough at Wembley. Chelsea won 2-0 and it heralded an extraordinary rise in fortunes for the London club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Allsport

Chelsea have been in my life for as long as I can remember. I have a recollection of watching the 1967 final on telly. Black and white. Chelsea were (...)

Far-right activists have played a role in anti-lockdown protests in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For more than 20 years I’ve undertaken research on immigration and social change in Ireland. Much of this has focused either on how immigrants are far(...)

  The International Olympic Council is thinking of changing its “Faster, Higher, Stronger” motto to make room for a fourth word, “Together”. Photograph: Getty Images

In the latest example of the seemingly irresistible human urge not to leave well enough alone, the International Olympic Council is thinking of changi(...)

Digital artist Beeple (aka Mike Winkelmann) and his collage “Everydays: the First 5,000 Days” sold for $69 million

If the phrase “non-fungible token” doesn’t make you burst out laughing, I question whether you are fully human. Fungible! It sounds like a naughty dou(...)

In a futuristic article for Envoy magazine 70 years ago this May, the lesser-known sci-fi writer Patrick Kavanagh imagined an unnamed narrator visiting Dublin in the spring of 2021. Photograph: Getty Images

In many works of science fiction from the last century, the year 2020 tended to be the focus for predictions of wildly varying accuracy. But the lesse(...)

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