Bewley’s of Grafton Street: the facade of the landmark Dublin cafe

You’re walking down Grafton Street in Dublin and duck into Bewley’s, that institution of a coffee house that’s so familiar we hardly ever think about (...)

When Donald Trump repeatedly targets newspapers as “the enemy of the people”, it is a bleakly backhanded compliment. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A few years ago, it was easy to imagine that newspapers were becoming irrelevant in a digital culture. This has been disproved in the most disturbing (...)

Mozart’s birthplace, the Mozart Geburtshaus in Salzburg. Photograph: iStock

Mozart is everywhere in Salzburg. His reputation towers over this beautiful city like the Festung Hohensalzburg, the enormous medieval citadel 600 met(...)

Samuel Johnson: “What entitles Sheridan to fix the pronunciation of English?” he asked. “He has, in the first place, the disadvantage of being an Irishman.”  

To modern ears, “Greet Britain” could be a slogan for our neighbouring island’s tourism industry. But there was a time when it might have become the s(...)