A racy title from 1538

Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s, has never been in the business of lending books. Since it first opened, in 1707, scholars have had to do the(...)

Amanda Bell, author of The Lost Book, and Jason McElligott, library keeper of Marsh’s Library, Dublin. They are looking at the Galeni Librorum, a rare book that went missing from the library, which is at the heart of Bell’s story. Photograph: Alan Betson

Once upon a time, a man wandered into a junk shop and found a dusty, battered book with a strange diamond pattern on the front. Inside, the pages were(...)

Northern Ireland  First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster chats with British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott as they attend an event to mark the 1916 Rising at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster does not believe the reference in the 1916 Proclamation about cherishing all the children of the nation(...)

Maj Willie Redmond MP joined the Royal Irish Regiment at the age of 53

February 12th, 1916 Maj Willie Redmond MP was one of the oldest serving Irish men at the front. He joined the Royal Irish Regiment at the age of 53 (...)

‘The current exhibition in Marsh’s, which runs until the end of August 2015, examines what Joyce read during his visits to the Library in October 1902. Strangely, for somebody usually seen as one of Ireland’s most famous non-believers, he was interested in St Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition.’ Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Yesterday marked 133 years to the day since James Joyce was born. Like many people, I have long had mixed views about Joyce. I enjoyed Dubliners ve(...)