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Nasir ElSafi: ‘I was tortured mentally and physically. Some of the people I was arrested with were killed.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Nasir ElSafi was arrested and imprisoned three times before he fled Sudan. Each time, the journalist and artist was tortured for his criticism of huma(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed that the EU was ‘pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate’, and that the plucky English Brexiteers would ‘set the country free’. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The German philosopher Theodor Adorno made this statement for the first time in 1949. It implies at lea(...)

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(...)

The preserved heart from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, that will be used as part of the Heartship art project by Dorothy Cross

Twenty years ago Ghost Ship, Dorothy Cross’s Nissan Art Project, set a benchmark for public art events in Ireland. Covered in green fluorescent paint,(...)

The Xtra-Vision store on the corner of Baggot Street and Waterloo Road in Dublin: Try to explain to a child of the 21st century what a video library was and watch confusion cloud their faces. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Last week, in an idle moment, Pricewatch took to Twitter and asked about the shops which have closed that people missed the most. The response was en(...)

Elaine Hoey, Imaginary_State(s), 2019, live virtual reality performance/installation, 12 mins. Photograph: Elaine Hoey

Overwhelming passion, tons of sex, or a brand new kitchen: desire can manifest in many forms. When the book, des/Ire: Designing Houses for Contemporar(...)

One of the first press packs of the band U2 sold for €2,700

Auction results Monday, August 26th, RJ Keighery, Waterford, Antique Furniture Auction, Waterford Crystal lots sold well, including the master cutter(...)

Tick Tock Tour Town which was U2’s first tour, and 11 O’Clock Tick Tock was their first international single

The forthcoming auction by Aidan Foley in Sixmilebridge in Co Clare this coming Tuesday offers a collection of more than 1,000 items acquired by Limer(...)

A picture from Spain. ‘He is photographed sitting in the front row (first left) of his class of young hopeful priests with his arms folded looking rather disgruntled while the other men smiled.’

I once sang in public on a weekly basis in Seville when I was studying the Spanish language and flamenco dancing. I always had an urge to go there. I (...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

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