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 Like all the most successful oracles, WB Yeats’s The Second Coming is magnificently vague in its forecasting, with a margin for error of plus or minus 100 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

WB Yeats’s The Second Coming is officially 100 years old this month, having first appeared in the Christmas 1920 issue of American literary magazine T(...)

Sandycove-based artist Imogen Stuart with a small prototype of the planned standing stone sculpture for Otranto Park.

A charity art auction to raise funds for a monumental sculpture by Imogen Stuart in Sandycove is under way. When the German-Irish sculptor was awarde(...)

The publication in 1986 of Anna Parnell’s The Tale of a Great Sham, scrupulously edited and annotated by Dana Hearne, was a landmark event in Irish wo(...)

These days we often don’t welcome ageing with gratitude or open arms, but I wonder if all that will change after our Covid-19 experiences? Photograph: Rob Wilson jnr

Is there ever a good time to get old? If there is, this probably isn’t it. Coronavirus hits indiscriminately – they say – but it hits the elderly har(...)

 Aaron’s rod turns into a serpent. Moses’s brother was also something of a tour guide. Illustration: Getty

My apologies to Arran Henderson, the tour guide I mentioned here earlier in the week, whose first name I managed to get wrong despite double-checking (...)

WB Yeats: pandemic fears. Photograph: George C Beresford/Getty Images

WB Yeats’s The Second Coming was written at a momentous time in 20th-century Europe, an era of uncertainty and upheaval in the wake of the first World(...)

Writer and comedian Tara Flynn will feature at a Nollaig na mBan event on Monday evening in Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum in the Dublin city centre CHQ building.  Photograph:  Ruth Connolly

Events to celebrate Nollaig na mBan, or women’s Christmas, will take place across the country on Monday. Known also as Little Christmas, Nollaig na m(...)

Jack B Yeats’ trunk, which he placed in storage at the Bank of Ireland vaults in the 1950s,  is expected to sell for €300-€400

2019 has been quite the year for Jack Butler Yeats. After the recent Whytes and Christie’s sale at the RDS where a new world record was set for the ar(...)

Georgie Hyde-Lees with her husband William Butler Yeats. She became the most influential of his muses. He described the leanhaun shee  as  the Gaelic muse, giving  inspiration to those she persecutes. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Everybody in Ireland still knows what a banshee is, even if reported sightings seem to have tailed off dramatically since the coming of rural electrif(...)

Morrissey has given support to Brexit, and the far-right party For Britain

On either side of the accession to power of Margaret Thatcher, two great songs acted as harbingers of the long, slow death of the British state. Both (...)

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