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Joe Duffy: ‘I wasn’t talking about burqas.’

Joe Duffy has fielded a few bizarre calls in his time, but even by his own lofty standards, his phone conversation at the start of Wednesday’s edition(...)

Members of the Forever Young chorus  during their Christmas lunch with musical director Brendan Creagh. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

"May you always do for others, And let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars, And climb on every rung. May you stay... Forever Young.(...)

Peter Branigan in the basement room of 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin, where he was born. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If these walls could talk . . . Well actually, if you put the gentle squeeze on them, they do. Just inside the large front door of 14 Henrietta Stree(...)

Full moon in Galway? Photograph: Galway International Arts Festival/Facebook

A “bridge” made of cardboard mounted on kayaks over the river Corrib and a “gargantuan” newspaper installation by Turner prize-nominated artist David (...)

The Instagarden from Argos who have thought long and hard about what is trending in gardening.  File photograph: Getty Images

Argos goes green What with Chelsea just finished and Bloom just beginning and the arrival, finally, of some decent weather we’ve all gone garden mad.(...)

A new Repeal the 8th mural, commissioned by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, was unveiled in Dublin today, as the council said censoring art is (...)

There are ambitious plans to develop the area as a literary hub, with a major new Central Library, designed by Grafton Architects

From the Mansion House to City Hall, Leinster House to Charlemont House, you can see the shifts of ambition and power in the shape of Dublin city. Whi(...)

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(...)

Former residents of 14 Henrietta Street: Jane Lynch, John Horrigan and Peter Brannigan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“That’s where we all lived,” says Peter Brannigan, looking at the space under the recently reinstated staircase in the hall of No 14, Henrietta Street(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times
In praise of Jennifer Johnston
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  • June 14, 2017, 11:00

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

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