Douglas Gageby: spikily humorous recollections. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

My local café operates an informal library service – or did before the pandemic – whereby customers are encouraged to “take a book, leave a book”. B(...)

The late Jürgen Gottschalk was founder and for many years president of the Irish-German Society in Würzburg, who earlier this autumn donated his vast library – some 4,000 titles – to the University of Limerick

What might the collective term for a gathering of diplomats be? A whisper? A (garden) party? A bag? I can’t decide, but whatever you call it, there wi(...)

‘Sacred and Profane Love’ by Sean Keating (1937), reproduced with kind permission of a private owner and the Keating estate

Two incarnations typify popular images of Seán Keating. In one he is the quintessential painter of the Irish Free State, boldly mythologising t(...)