Portobello Plaza in Dublin – Plaza Mayor in Madrid and the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires have nothing to fear. Photograph: Laura Hutton

If you told any Dubliner in the 1980s that, a few decades hence, the most talked about locales across the city – the country, perhaps – would be Porto(...)

The late US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  at an event in New York on  April 9th, 2018. Photograph: Chang W Lee/New York Time

I used to feel pretty optimistic that the United States would get through the Trump years intact. In 2016, America got mad – and went mad. This admini(...)

Gerry Dalton in his garden. Photograph: Jill Mead

A few miles south of Naples is Pompeii – a town suspended in time after it was strewn with ash from the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 – where the priv(...)

The charred remains of the Loughnane brothers in coffins  resemble the gothic excesses of a Hieronymus Bosch painting

One of the most powerful images of the War of Independence is the coffins containing the charred remains of the Loughnane brothers, Patrick and Harry,(...)

Smokin’: Robert Finster in Freud

In order to help others during the lockdown, I’ve been doing a video correspondence course in psychoanalysis. The course is called Freud and it’s in e(...)

Rylan Clark-Neal, Akis Petretzikis, Anna Haugh, Romy Gill, Ellis Barrie and Mike Reid on Ready Steady Cook. Photograph: Graeme Hunter

“I wonder what’s for dinner today, Britain?” says Rylan Clark-Neal to his best friend, “Britain”. “It’s time to find out,” he adds and then there’s a (...)

“There are flowers, bright sunlight. It’s a summer’s day”... Detail from itor by Eoin Mc Hugh, 2019, oil on canvas. Photograph: courtesy Kerlin Gallery

I’m in Dublin’s Kerlin Gallery. It’s one of those art spaces that makes you feel the need to whisper: all pure white walls and lofty aspect. But today(...)

El Greco: part of the 1575 version of Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. Photograph: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Greco’s Virgin surges forward, draped in the vibrant blue that inspired Picasso, surfing on a thin crescent moon. The monumental painting measures mor(...)

 Beanie Feldstein as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy in Booksmart. Photograph: Francois Duhamel/Annapurna Pictures

The terrific directorial debut from actor Olivia Wilde will not (alas) score as many Oscar nominations as Greta Gerwig’s era-defining Lady Bird. It wi(...)

Johnny Ronan, now often to be found in the Ivy restaurant in Dublin, thinks he is back after his Celtic Tiger misadventures. Photograph: Tom McEnaney/McEnaney Media

It was early summer in 2014, and Johnny Ronan, then still a ward of Nama, was trying to kickstart the deal that he hoped would restore him to commerci(...)

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