Philip Larkin

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Jo-Rosie Haffenden, dog trainer and mind reader

There’s something about treating a person as if they were an animal that seems, well, inhumane. Whistling right over any such concerns from the imper(...)

 Notre Dame cathedral following the fire on  April 17th.  While Christians worldwide long for its  restoration, ultimately it will not have been saved at all if it becomes merely a ghost of a cathedral. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

There is something moving about the response to the burning of Notre Dame. Many people felt distressed because part of our cultural heritage was being(...)

Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson in Minding the Gap,  Bing Liu’s Oscar-nominated documentary. Photograph courtesy of Sundance Institute Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson in Minding the Gap,  Bing Liu’s Oscar-nominated documentary. Photograph courtesy of Sundance Institute

Twenty-first century discourse has had much to do with “toxic masculinity” and there are few better examinations of the phenomenon than this gripping,(...)

Steve McQueen: Wore his own clothes

Just last week, Jack Lyon, among the few remaining veterans of the escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944, died at his home in Bexhill-on-Sea. A former R(...)

Between January 1st, 2016, and December 31st, 2017, of 456 pelvic and acetabular referrals to Tallaght, 29 (6.4%) were cycling-related, a 90%  increase on 2016

George Orwell’s citations of emblematic Britishness in The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius (1941), include “old maids bicycling(...)

By December, we may be watching Game of Thrones from a cosy post-Brexit bunker

Time to look forward to 2019. In the coming year we will continue to wonder why anybody would want to be host of the Oscars or manage Manchester Unite(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

 Crowds at the statue of the Virgin Mary  at Ballinspittle, Co Cork in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

A line from Philip Larkin was on my mind while working on this project. Not the famous reference to his parents, but an aside about beginnin(...)

Patrick McCabe: “I love Stephen Rea an awful lot.” Photograph: Bryan Meade
Patrick McCabe: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book I’m reading Required Writing by Philip Larkin. He’s an extraordinary figure. I think he’s one of the greatest poets that ever (...)

The interior of Newman University Church in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When I tell them that I was invited to Dublin to direct the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, the reply I get a fair bit from people is: (...)

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