Paddy Dignam

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 The Ascot Gold Cup

I see that a horse called Amhrán na bhFiann, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is among the runners for the Ascot Gold Cup, held, as always, on the Thursday o(...)

 Rachael Blackmore: “I just can’t believe I’m after winning the Grand National.” Photograph: Tim Goode/Getty Images

After winning the English Grand National on Saturday, Rachael Blackmore couldn’t believe she was after winning it and, saying so in those terms, confu(...)

 Aaron’s rod turns into a serpent. Moses’s brother was also something of a tour guide. Illustration: Getty

My apologies to Arran Henderson, the tour guide I mentioned here earlier in the week, whose first name I managed to get wrong despite double-checking (...)

Patrick Dignam: a real-life Dubliner, he was killed in the crossfire of Easter Week

Of the many shopkeepers mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses, apparently, there is only one you will not find in Thom’s Dublin Directory for 1905, the y(...)

 James Joyce: no escaping him, even in Japan. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

There is no escaping James Joyce, even in Japan. Last weekend there, I learn, not long after the Irish rugby team laboured to victory over Russia, ano(...)

Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

By the 1920s, the Phibsboro Junction was firmly established as Doyle’s Corner, and is still known as that. Image: Google Street View

Next to a statue or the freedom of the city, perhaps the most select honour you can earn in Dublin is to have a street corner named after you in perpe(...)

Happy Bloomsday, dear reader. In my (humble) opinion this should be a national holiday. Instead of a bank holiday on the first Monday of June I’d swit(...)

Students from Notre Dame at the Forty Foot near Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during Bloomsday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was no Chapel of Love, no Unchained Melody and certainly no Rock the Boat in Ulysses. Neither was there a wedding but it it did not stop the No(...)

 Photograph: Dave Meehan

The pace of life is generally assumed to have speeded up over the past century, and more so in cities. But in Dublin, at least, there is one aspect th(...)

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