Nora Barnacle

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Colm Tóibín. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is a peculiar intensity about some streets in Dublin that gets more layered the longer you live in the city and the more stray memories and asso(...)

Photograph: Eoin Rafferty

Nuala O’Connor (aka Nuala Ní Chonchúir) is a writer and poet who has published 14 books, most recently her fourth novel, Becoming Belle. Raised in Pal(...)

 Maud Gonne. Photograph: Courtesy of the Yeats Society of Sligo

Exile was a key part of James Joyce’s strategy as a living writer. That it has followed him into eternity was not part of the plan. Since his death in(...)

Lucia Joyce: Samuel Beckett kept a photograph of her in her silver fish costume. Photograph: Berenice Abbott/Getty

Lucia Joyce, born to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle in Trieste in 1907, has captured the imagination of many writers and artists as tragic muse. Film-m(...)

Lucia Joyce

Events in Dublin today will indirectly celebrate the first date between James Joyce and the woman who became his wife, Nora Barnacle. But across the I(...)

If he’s performing oral sex and you can feel that you’re about to pass gas, just grab him up and kiss him. Photograph: iStock

Dear Roe, Is it normal for a woman to fart when she orgasms? I’ve had this problem multiple times, and I’ve noticed it’s more common if the orgasm is(...)

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough: his main crime in Swift’s eyes was having enriched himself on the public purse

A certain Joycean masterpiece aside, today’s literary anniversaries also include the death of one John Churchill, aka the Duke of Marlborough, after w(...)

James Joyce photographed in 1917 in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As Bloomsday approaches, it’s worth remembering that Ulysses, the most famous literary evocation of Dublin city, was written by a man living many mile(...)

“One of the things he did in America, in 1918, was devise a system for encrypting text”

More than half a century after his death, John Francis Byrne has suffered the unusual fate that his name is now much less famous than his address. The(...)

After dinner in Yamamori restaurant with his sister one evening in 2014, David (31) from Enniscrone, Co Sligo, met Hinata (25), who had come from Tok(...)

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