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Joe Biden’s reference to James Joyce as an Irish poet, and not as novelist or short-story writer, may have taken some by surprise.    Photograph: Hulton Getty

We well know by now that America’s new president Joe Biden likes to quote Irish poets, particularly Seamus Heaney. His eve of inauguration reference t(...)

When the Chicago World Fair opened in 1893, there was not one, but two rival model Irish villages.

People frequently forget that history isn’t composed of a grand sweep of happenings, ordained by institutions from on high. While these undoubtedly co(...)

Mick Egan, who is to retire from Rade, the arts organisation working with addicts, at its premises in Dublin. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

One day in the 1990s, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg gave the actor and playwright Mick Egan the title for a play. Egan had introduced Ginsberg to the r(...)

 Black & Tans guarding Dublin street after a shooting on Gloucester Road.

One of the striking developments of 1919 in Ireland was the extent to which the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), policing Ireland since 1836, came unde(...)

The Store Yard has a selection of 19th century rocking horses,  from €350, and vintage red hat boxes from Christy’s of London c1960, €90 each.

Antique gifts have a lot to offer. Not only are they the most eco-friendly choice, they are made to last and for buyers offer a more relaxed alternati(...)

Playwright and poet Tom MacIntyre has died at the age of 87 following a long illness. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘This above all: to thine own self be true’, the advice of Polonius to Hamlet, is one of the most celebrated observations in the Shakespearian canon. (...)

Lady Gregory. ‘The growing sophistication of her literary work’ is traced in new book.  Photograph:  Hulton Getty

Lady Gregory’s Early Irish Writings, 1883-1893 James Pethica, ed, Colin Smythe Lady Gregory’s writing life prior to meeting WB Yeats has generally (...)

The James Joyce suite at the Intercontinental Hotel

Ulyss-stays The James Joyce suite at the Intercontinental Hotel will be relaunched this month. A favourite with literary buffs, the suite can be book(...)

Life cast Masks of David Bowie by Joe Murray (€500-€700), Morgan O’Driscoll.

Although the Irish art market appears to be heading towards recovery since the economic crash, it still remains a fickle world. Take, for example, Flo(...)

Former president Mary McAleese   at the Hugh Lane Gallery in 2008, looking at Renoir’s Les Parapluies (The Umbrellas), one of 39 artworks at the centre of Sir Hugh Lane’s contested will. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland has a “moral claim” to a priceless trove of impressionist paintings, including world-famous works by Renoir, Monet and Manet, its British keep(...)

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