Oscar Wilde

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This Christmas, we are all following a star of hope towards some place outside of the world as we have known it in 2020. Photograph: iStock

There are two Christmas stories. One of them is religious, mythic, cosmological. It is about salvation. The other one is a kind of fantasy of justice.(...)

One school of thought says that throwing a few bob into a collection box is more about salving people’s conscience than it is about meaningful change. Photograph: iStock

Benefacts, a non-profit organisation founded to bring transparency to Ireland’s non-profit sector, issued a report this week which suggests that we Ir(...)

A series of eries of early unpublished letters from WB Yeats to Ethel Veasey, 1883-85- Sothebys.

FORTHCOMING AUCTIONS Please note – as government health restrictions may change – do consult with auction rooms in advance of any in room sales. Most(...)

In a Word . . .

Forgive me, all you philosophers out there, but really . . . what are you for? We are told that studying your varied offerings as to the meaning of li(...)

Scientist Richard Dawkins, photographed  in Dublin in 2015. “... the Dawkins episode provides us with an opportunity to consider in general the issue of ‘deplatforming’, to borrow that ugly word from the growing lexicon associated with denying free speech”. File photograph: Alan Betson

The decision some weeks ago by Trinity College Dublin’s Historical Society (the Hist) to “disinvite” prominent scientist Prof Richard Dawkins from a s(...)

North Great George’s Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Expanding a proposed co-living scheme in Dublin’s north inner city will “destroy the setting” of historic North Great George’s Street and set a “serio(...)

England’s Zak Crawley celebrates his maiden Test century  on the first day of the third Test against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/PA Wire

Day 1 of 5: England 332-4 (Z Crawley 171no, J Buttler 87no) v Pakistan Zak Crawley’s maiden Test century came with the minimum of fuss. He had taken (...)

The 160-year-old Palais Sursock was one Beirut’s great landmarks and home to the Cochrane family. Photograph: Getty Images

In addition to the devastating human toll taken by the recent Beirut explosion, a lesser but not insignificant casualty was the restored 19th century (...)

The questionnaire filled in by the young Oscar Wilde on the cusp of stardom in 1877

A rare document handwritten by a young Oscar Wilde, in which he declared his desire for fame “or even notoriety”, has sold at auction for more than €5(...)

  A quiet Eglinton Street in Galway city centre on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It was the day for which the nation has been pining: the freedom to play a socially distant game of golf or tennis - within five kilometers from home (...)

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