Oscar Wilde

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Princess Grace  and Prince Rainier of Monaco with  their  children Caroline and Albert in the  1960s. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

I don’t go to Monaco for the sports cars or casinos but to enjoy a delicate, pea-green first full edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, published by Sylvi(...)

The conference heard that the lessons of Storm Ophelia needed to be absorbed in order to ensure vital infrastructure is more resilient. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Houses, including some large valuable private properties, will fall into the sea and it is not in the public interest to save them, a climate change c(...)

Theresa May and Arlene Foster: the DUP this week helped to kill the thing it purports to love – the power and prestige of Britain. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

It has never seemed more apt that perhaps the greatest work of English literature, William Shakespeare’s King Lear, is about the consequences of a cap(...)

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live. Image: Youtube

Let us get the rebuttal out of the way first. The unfunny Aer Lingus sketch on Saturday Night Live should cause no Irish person to have a conniption. (...)

Saoirse Ronan on Saturday Night Live. Image: Youtube

It was something of an Irish extravaganza on Saturday Night Live last night as actress Saoirse Ronan and rock band U2 took centre stage on the hit lat(...)

  La belle dame sans merci, by Arthur Hughes (detail)

It’s news to me, but according to a US almanac called School of the Seasons, November 30th in Ireland is a day when, traditionally, the dead go dancin(...)

Brine a chicken this week and I promise you you will be converted

Exactly one month to go to the biggest and most daunting roast dinner of the year. Yes, the time has come, and if it makes you feel just a little unco(...)

In a word . . . work

Ah yes, work. The four-letter word. “The curse of the drinking classes,” was how Oscar Wilde defined it. And so it is. Lauded since time immemorial,(...)

Bram Stoker: the Dubliner is best known for his 1897 gothic novel Dracula. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When is a Bram Stoker Festival not a real Bram Stoker festival? When it’s really a “science fiction, Star Wars-y” Halloween festival, and “a million (...)

Meeting Place statue on Liffey Street, Dublin, which is part of the Talking Statues initiative. Photograph: talkingstatuesdublin.ie

James Joyce is sometimes mistaken for Charlie Chaplin. Sometimes he’s mistaken for a spray-painted mime artist. Passers-by stop and wait for him to cl(...)

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