Flann O Brien

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President Michael D Higgins with Attorney General Séamus Woulfe after the members of the new Cabinet received their seals of office last year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Flann O’Brien has a character in one of his novels, a policeman, who had spent so much time on the saddle of a bicycle that the molecules of the saddl(...)

Siún Ní Dhuinn: ‘I think it’s time to re-evaluate the narrative around the language’

I grew up in Dundalk. Neither of my parents were fluent speakers. I attended an Irish medium school, Gaelscoil Dhún Dealgan, situated in a disadvantag(...)

From 1963 onwards, the pill was imported into Ireland to keep menstrual anarchy at bay. This involved lying on a heroic scale. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s time to talk about lying women. About brazen bare-faced female mendacity – and why some people want more of it.  In the history of feminine(...)

Princess Grace  and Prince Rainier of Monaco with  their  children Caroline and Albert in the  1960s. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

I don’t go to Monaco for the sports cars or casinos but to enjoy a delicate, pea-green first full edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, published by Sylvi(...)

Blindboy Boatclub, aka Dave Chambers

From calling Holy Communion “haunted bread” on The Late Late Show to extolling the virtues of getting wrecked on bags of glue (a bag for me, a bag for(...)

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(...)

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