Cardinal Henry Newman: his journey to Dublin began with an invitation in 1851 from Archbishop Cullen of Armagh, later archbishop of Dublin, to advise on the proposed establishment of a Catholic university.

On Friday, November 3rd, 1854, the Catholic University, under its rector John Henry Newman, opened its doors at 86 St Stephen’s Green in Dublin to rec(...)

Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

Charles Baudelaire: autumn gloom. Photograph: Etienne Carjat/Getty Images

Sitting in Bewley’s of Grafton Street on Thursday morning, I thought of the poet Baudelaire, the way you do. It must have been the open fire nearby, w(...)

Pope John Paul II’s visit to Galway in  1979. That experience confirmed your isolation from the church and propelled you towards a life resisting the establishment.

Greetings, older columnists. The Holy Father will be here sooner than you think. There are only two months to go before editors demand nostalgic piece(...)

The lark ascending: the skylark has hoisted countless poets into verse. Illustration: Michael Viney

My first encounter with a singing skylark, a few decades ago, put me flat on my back on the moss of the dunes – a proper posture for awe. The bird ha(...)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889): Photograph: Hulton|Archive

To a non-Irish observer like myself, it does Ireland immense credit that the country has taken Gerard Manley Hopkins so enthusiastically to its heart.(...)

Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and The Band’s Robbie Robertson (from left to right) onstage in 1976. Photograph: United Artists/Getty Images

Brownsville Girl From Knocked Out Loaded (1986) Written with the playwright Sam Shepard, this 11-minute epic is a wistful, shimmering, cinematic piece(...)

Wood carpeting bluebells: “Falls of sky-colour.” Illustration: Michael Viney   Falls of sky-colour: wood-carpeting bluebells. Illustration: Michael Viney

There’s one view that sees a carpet of bluebells as a sin against biodiversity: just one species of plant crowding out everything else that might want(...)

Paul Muldoon: “We are certainly within our rights to reclaim the significance of the Easter Rising from some of the gangs that have hijacked it.” Photograph: Tony Pleavin

About 30 years ago, a mischievous BBC producer invited me to adapt The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for a 20-minute radio script. Never one to turn(...)

Stauntons on the Green: JLL had sought more than €12 million for the four-star facility

An American investor has agreed purchase terms for one of Dublin’s best-known boutique townhouses, Stauntons on the Green. Agents JLL had been seeking(...)

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