Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lapsed Catholics among Irish writers seemed to have been more favourably disposed towards Jews, according to a British author and academic. “I think (...)

Brenda Fricker as the quintessential Irish Mammy, Bridget Fagan Brown, in My Left Foot

“Irish Mammy”: two small words – but one magnificent and treasured institution. As stereotypes go, you’d be hard pressed to find one more enduring and(...)

Walter Paget: Birth of the Irish Republic

Events in the GPO during Easter 1916 have often been described as the “birth of the Irish republic”. That’s even the title of a painting by Walter Pag(...)

From left to right: Congressman Brendan Boyle; chief operating officer for the Architect of the Capitol Christine Merdon;  Congressman Mick Mulvaney; House of Representatives chaplain Fr Patrick Conroy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

There were no jokes about whether the new Irish oak would lean left or right when liberal Democrat congressman Brendan Boyle and his conservative Repu(...)