Percy French

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The Percy French memorial artwork in Newcastle, Co Down, designed by Andrew Todd. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

The coronavirus epidemic is proving again the wisdom of Blaise Pascal’s famous lament: “All the troubles in the world stem from man’s inability to sit(...)

Percy French.

Tá ionad faoi leith ag Percy French i saíocht na hÉireann. Ba dhuine é a raibh éileamh mór ar a shaothar le linn dó a bheith beo, ach ag an am gcéanna(...)

 Percy French:  his talents as a concert performer were not confined to music

Beyond the event itself, there was added poignancy in the place and timing of Percy French’s death, 100 years ago next week. He expired quietly while (...)

Expectations upended, preconceptions shattered: that’s the shape of Lankum’s world, and it’s a world of wide horizons and imaginations writ large on T(...)

Banksy’s Turbo Zone Truck 2000 (£1-£1.5 million), Bonhams

Results Wednesday, September 4th – Victor Mitchell, Mount Butler Rooms, Roscrea. Large Donegal carpet €2,600 (€2,500-€3,500) Forthcoming auctions S(...)

The barn at Providence House, outside Enniscorthy in Co Wexford

OLD BARNS, BYRES, STABLES AND OTHER OUTHOUSES OFTEN FIT INTO THE LANDSCAPE IN WAYS THAT MODERN REPLACEMENTS DO NOT. ADD THE POTENTIAL FOR SHORT LET(...)

Lot 52, Paul Henry’s  Evening in Achill (€150,000–€250,000) at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale.

For the first time, auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll has taken lots from his upcoming Irish and International Art Sale on tour. Having just returned from (...)

Lot 262 at the auction by Bonhams is a signed photograph of WB Yeats bearing the inscription: “For Belinda Duncan from WB Yeats Nov 24 1932” (€1,700-€2,300).

Monday: Mullen’s, Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Wicklow House clearance sale of a property on Wellington Road in Dublin 4, along with other items (...)

João Morais: a flair for humour is seen in the opening story and in sparse flashes elsewhere

What makes a good short-story collection? Without the length and scope of a novel to develop characters and plot, a story has to be precise in its aim(...)

  George Orwell Photograph: AP

In his memoir Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell mentions an Italian hotel waiter who, he said, had “worked his way up literally from the(...)

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