Oscar Wilde

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Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

This year 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Beckett being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and the 30th anniversary of his death in 1989.

Samuel Beckett returns to his native Foxrock, Co Dublin, later in March to the church which he liked to attend with his mother when the Tullow Church (...)

John Ruskin in 1882

More than 20 years before his nightmare in Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde had a rather happier experience of hard labour in England.  For two months (...)

The Clarence Hotel is one of a number of Dublin hotels reported to be taking legal action against the operators of an escort site. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The use of Irish hotels by escorts has been driven down from its heights during the Celtic Tiger by a combination of enhanced security technology and (...)

An artist’s impression of  the WB Yeats ferry

Thousands of Irish Ferries passengers whose travel plans were thown into disarray last year because of the late delivery of the WB Yeats ferry could b(...)

The Wilder hotel on Adelaide Road in Dublin 2. Built circa 1878 as a home for “aged governesses and unmarried females”, the formidable seven-bay Dublin building has had a long history. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anyone walking along Harcourt Terrace, a quiet backwater adjacent to the Grand Canal, with its mix of handsome Regency and Victorian houses, will be s(...)

Eileen Battersby with her horse Sophie in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both(...)

James Mustich: “I spent 14 years writing this and I know that I’m going to spend the next 14 years hearing from people what should have been in it.”

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, by the American author James Mustich, is best understood less as a book, more as a kind of i(...)

Nicolas Roeg: formulated a singular film language – contorted narrative, awry angles, jarring edits – which  influenced many. Photograph: Ian West/PA

“I think I scratched surfaces that people would prefer were left alone,” Nicolas Roeg told The Irish Times a decade ago. “But all any of us has is thi(...)

Christopher Lee in the 1958  film, ‘Dracula’, directed by Terence Fisher. Photograph: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Writers write about what they know, so when we try to understand where Bram Stoker took his inspiration for Dracula, we look to his own life. Stoker’(...)

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