Cathal Goan will discuss whether the 16th century song Róisín Dubh represented the story of Ireland or  of a Franciscan struck by a woman’s beauty. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former RTÉ director general Cathal Goan will be the keynote speaker at the annual Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School in Co Donegal next month. Mr Goan,(...)

Dr Mark Empey of NUIG will consider how 17th-century Irish traders fared in Europe, in  “Traders, Tricksters and Tearaways: the Irish in Europe” at the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh summer school. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s trading relationship with the EU, the machinations of Brexit, and the forays of adventurous Irish merchants 400 years ago will be compared a(...)

Attempts to counteract English “spin” across Europe that the 17th century Irish were “barbarians” is the theme of this year’s Micheál Ó Cléirigh summer school in  Donegal. Above, Old Library, Trinity College.

Attempts to counteract English “spin” across Europe that the 17th century Irish were “barbarians” is the theme of this year’s Micheál Ó Cléirigh summe(...)

‘The current exhibition in Marsh’s, which runs until the end of August 2015, examines what Joyce read during his visits to the Library in October 1902. Strangely, for somebody usually seen as one of Ireland’s most famous non-believers, he was interested in St Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan tradition.’ Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Yesterday marked 133 years to the day since James Joyce was born. Like many people, I have long had mixed views about Joyce. I enjoyed Dubliners ve(...)