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Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

Showman: William Bourke Cockran  addresses a rally in  San Francisco. Photograph: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street in Manhattan, roughly where Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue retail store is located today, once stood the (...)

A photograph taken by JM Synge of the McDonagh cottage where he stayed on Inis Meáin in May 1898 during his first visit. The cottage belonged to Patrick McDonagh where he along with many other visitors to the island, including Patrick Pearse stayed.

“Scenes of a most-extraordinary character were witnessed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, last night in connection with the performance of ‘The Playboy o(...)

“If, during a play, there are more than three white men on stage, get up and walk out, saying loudly: ‘Yeah, sorry I think I get the gist of it. It’ll be something to do with their mams not loving them enough’.” Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Literature There is always a temptation when starting university, to be a bit “post-truth” when it comes to the works of literature you have actual(...)

In  1896 WB Yeats  predicted  JM Synge could be central to an artistic revolution in Ireland.

One this date 120 years ago, a play called Ubu Roi opened and closed on the same night in Paris. Written by a 23-year-old Alfred Jarry, it was a comic(...)

Edgy: work by John Coyle and Gary Coyle in Now Came Still Evening On at the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

NOW CAME STILL EVENING ON: JOHN COYLE AND GARY COYLE The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim ***** Although he was born in Scotland, the pa(...)

Ruth Gilligan: has written a number of successful romance novels, among them ‘Forget’

With a new exhibition on the representation of Jews in Irish literature now on at the RHA’s Dawson Street Academy, Ruth Gilligan’s new novel has a ti(...)

A soldier’s life: a volley is fired over Edwward Keegan’s grave at his funeral, in 1938. Photograph: family collection

The past surfaces in different ways. In January this year, in New York, the auction house Spink advertised the sale of the “Liberty Collection”: medal(...)

Brechtian: Kate Brennan in Wayne Jordan’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When Seán O’Casey took his seat for the fourth night of his new drama The Plough and the Stars he dryly noted that two plays were actually taking plac(...)

WB Yeats in 1935: Release of the books represents part of the Abbey’s contribution to the 150th anniversary of his birth

Cigarettes, censorship and sexism were at the heart of a discussion on Monday in the Abbey Theatre during the official launch of a section of the thea(...)

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