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(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times
In praise of Jennifer Johnston
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  • June 14, 2017, 11:00

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

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(...)

Maria Edgeworth

When Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent (mentioned in passing here yesterday) was first published in 1800, the editors saw fit to add a glossary explai(...)

Maria Edgeworth, as painted  by John Downman (1807)

Edgeworthstown in Co Longford will be forever associated with the great novelist Maria Edgeworth, whose 250th anniversary falls next January 1st. But (...)

An architectural drawing on display in the House and Home exhibition

As the debate over the housing crisis carries over into another year – conducted chiefly at the level of a political blame game – the Irish Architectu(...)

The lobby of the Imperial Hotel, Cork, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Photograph: Flynn Hotels

Napoleon was settling into his first full year of exile on St Helena, Rossini’s Barber of Seville premiered in Rome and in Cork a group of merchants s(...)

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