Leopold Bloom

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‘The writer said Conor McGregor had grown up in “the Gaelic speaking, council estate badlands of Tallaght, south of Dublin”.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

What a tragedy that Myles na gCopaleen, late of this parish, was not around to read the Sunday Times last weekend.  His heart would surely have s(...)

Detail from Aubrey Beardsley’s illustration to Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’

In the Roman calendar, June 24th was the feast of Fors Fortuna, the goddess of fortune. Her cult survives today in the form of Lady Luck, and modern w(...)

Throwaway returns to  the winner’s enclosure after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1904

Traditionalists are still reeling from those shock scenes at Royal Ascot this week, in which gentlemen removed their jackets because of the heat and w(...)

Students from Notre Dame at the Forty Foot near Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during Bloomsday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was no Chapel of Love, no Unchained Melody and certainly no Rock the Boat in Ulysses. Neither was there a wedding but it it did not stop the No(...)

James Joyce photographed in 1917 in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As Bloomsday approaches, it’s worth remembering that Ulysses, the most famous literary evocation of Dublin city, was written by a man living many mile(...)

 Scanning electron micrograph of the anaerobic spirochaete bacteria Treponema pallidum, the causative agent of syphilis  in humans

In one of James Joyce’s more scurrilous puns, from Ulysses, his protagonist known only as “the citizen” expresses contempt for any talk of the civilis(...)

 Photograph: Dave Meehan

The pace of life is generally assumed to have speeded up over the past century, and more so in cities. But in Dublin, at least, there is one aspect th(...)

There may even now be a few traditionalist hold-outs in Ireland where “meat” is still rhymed with “mate”

It’s not quite as divisive as the great “scone” pronunciation controversy, which we were discussing here recently. But on foot of that, Tony O’Doherty(...)

The piano was kept in good working order and a tuning contract was entered into with Pigott and Co Ltd

In 1959, when my sister and I came home from our school year at Coláiste na Rinne, in Co Waterford, we had acquired a new status. We were fluent Irish(...)

“One of the things he did in America, in 1918, was devise a system for encrypting text”

More than half a century after his death, John Francis Byrne has suffered the unusual fate that his name is now much less famous than his address. The(...)

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