Laurence Sterne: the reputation of his comic masterpiece, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, has endured. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On Wednesdays, classes in Coláiste Mhuire Mullingar in 1970 finished early but the school bus did not depart until 4.30pm. I spent the two hours in th(...)

St Joseph’s, a cemetery where a young man was shot and a botanical garden is buried

Garden centres are getting busy. Many of us are out walking, taking the odd cutting and on occasion digging out plants from the ditches to bring home.(...)

An extract from derek scally's New memoir, The Best Catholics in the World, explores Ireland’s self-image of ‘holy victimhood’ On the wall (...)

Frances Stewart from ‘The Letters of Frances Stewart’ c. 1902. Photograph: Internet Archive Book Image/Flickr

“We are as comfortably settled in this vessel as such a number could be in so confined a spot … I am very comfortable here and quite independent and t(...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

   The Surface Breaks author Louise O’Neill. Her new book   takes the darkness and misogyny of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid and brings it to the surface

It says something about President Michael D Higgins that he’s inspired not one but two successful picture books. Following the enormously popular The (...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

 Rwan Magzoub, Assumption Senior Girls NS; David Chiuariu and Jamie Kelly Maguire, St Mary’s Boys NS. Photo: Paul Sharp.

A group of schoolchildren have just done what many people only ever talk about: they have finished writing their first novels. Fifth- and sixth-class(...)

Brigid of Kildare: a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women

History is filled with stories of great deeds, the exploits of rebels, patriots and politicians, writers and artists, scientists and innovators. They (...)

You may have seen last month how Fáilte Ireland wants to create a new brand for the Midlands, following on such successes as the Wild Atlantic Way and(...)

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