Nora Barnacle

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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(...)

A few weeks back I wrote about Alfred Henry Hunter, the reputed real-life original of Joyce’s Leopold Bloom, to demonstrate just how much information (...)

It is understood that LÉ Seamus Heaney has been considered in military circles, subject to the agreement of the late Nobel laureate’s family. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty Images

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are Minister for Defence and you have just decided to purchase a third new Naval Service offshore patrol vessel.T(...)

Saved from destruction: the Maunsel proofs of Dubliners, which Joyce rescued

‘The Abbey Theatre will be open and they will give plays of Yeats and Synge. You have a right to be there because you are my bride: and I am one of th(...)

Seamus Heaney: teamed up with Des Kavanagh as a boarder at St Columb’s College

Louis MacNeice on Nimmo’s pier head, Moya Cannon on the banks of the Corrib, Mairtín Ó Direáín east of Arainn ... wherever you walk in Galway, (...)

Genius: James Joyce around 1918, while he was writing Ulysses. Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty
James Joyce and me

Not long ago, while visiting my son in San Francisco, I noticed that the toilet paper in his bathroom bore the legend: “Do you suffer from bathroom an(...)

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