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John A Murphy: a truly remarkable career in public life

The many tributes to the late John A Murphy remind me that a lot of water has passed under various bridges since Eoghan Harris first mentioned the Cor(...)

The Dublin Shakespeare Society  has been championing the Bard since 1907 and is still going strong

In his recent one-man show Walking With Ghosts, the actor Gabriel Byrne recalled his early experiences and roles as a member of a troupe of amateur ac(...)

TK Whitaker not infrequently proudly introduced him to others as “my private secretary, the poet”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The recent death of Thomas Kinsella at the age of 93 has evoked many fine and well-deserved tributes, but few of them have attempted the somewhat diff(...)

An tAthair Colmán Ó hUallacháin: a linguistic scholar who was more than aware of the inadequacies of a purely political approach to the revival of the Irish language

The current controversy about the status of the Irish language in the European Union is a reminder of the very mixed, and fluctuating, fortunes of the(...)

The estuary on Lough Foyle which marks the start of the border between Derry and Donegal. Even the control of Lough Foyle for fishery purposes remains unclear.

There is one potentially sensitive issue in our relationships with Britain (and Britain’s relationship with the EU) that has been obscured, so far at (...)

 A celebration of the life of Manus O Riordan heard of his ‘meticulous research skills,  prodigious intellect,  strong sense of justice and boundless energy’. Photograph:  The Irish Times

Trade unionist Manus O’Riordan played a huge role in ensuring the legacy of the men and women who fought against fascism in the 1930s will continue to(...)

Jimmy Barry Murphy, one of Cork’s most famed hurling sons, in action  against Galway’s Sylvie Linnane during the 1986 All Ireland final win. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Who knows where the time goes,” sang folk singer Sandy Denny and with her elegiac imagery of the seasons and the years slipping by, she evoked a(...)

Aerial view of   wildfires in  British Columbia. Photograph: BC Wildfire Service/ AFP via Getty

On the heels of an unprecedented heatwave that left hundreds dead in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province is now battling a fresh threat. (...)

Protesters in central Minsk last year. “The idea that the avenues of Belarus would, in a few decades’ time, be the location of almost continuous, colourful and peaceful protest against the hard-line, two-decade long rule of Alexander Lukashenko, was then unimaginable.” Photograph: Misha Friedman/Getty Images

The current goings-on in Belarus, one of the few remaining Soviet-style, Moscow-dependent jurisdictions, since the large-scale dismantling of the anci(...)

 The only place one could legitimately purchase and consume alcohol on the national saint’s anniversary in that era, apart from hotels, was the Dublin Dog Show in Ballsbridge. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

The imminence of St Patrick’s Day in an era of lockdown coincides, roughly, with the elapse of some six decades since the end of the fatwah which had (...)

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