Roy Foster

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One historian posits that Protestants’ propensity to be ‘more sparing with the doughnuts’ may be one reason for their lower mortality rates. Photograph: iStock

Protestants live longer than Catholics, according to new Central Statistics Office research – a fact attributed by historians to their thriftier lifes(...)

‘When the Good Friday Agreement was painstakingly achieved I felt it had an almost poetic complexity,’ writes Michael Longley. ’You might say that today Northern Irish politics more often resemble bad prose.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two quotations – possibly (maybe even probably) the two best-known poetic references to the Troubles and peace process – are cited a number of times i(...)

Statues of Strongbow and Aoife flank Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford, designed by John Roberts.

A mischievous memoir by Malachi O’Doherty is titled I Was a Teenage Catholic. Those of us who were teenage Protestants in the 1960s must feel a simila(...)

The modern Irish Border as proposed in Sir James Dougherty’s final assessment, May 11th, 1914.

Nearing a century in existence the Irish Border has become the defining feature of Ireland’s political geography. The Border was established in law in(...)

  Eimar O’Duffy: wrote a string of books and plays that had many admirers in their time, and may now be making a comeback

In April 1915, this newspaper made brief mention of a double bill to be presented the following week in the Irish Theatre, on Dublin’s Hardwicke Stree(...)

Ian Buruma, ex-editor of The New York Review of Books: writers say his departure represents ‘an abandonment of the central mission of the review, which is the free exploration of ideas’. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Leading Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín and Roy Foster, along with some of the biggest names in English letters, including Joyce Carol Oates,(...)

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  Trial of Roger Casement by Sir John Lavery: The evidence for Casement’s homosexuality is contained in the notorious “Black Diaries” which were circulated  during his trial in 1916. Photograph courtesy of Royal Irish Academy.

In his book Vivid Faces about Ireland’s revolutionary generation, Prof Roy Foster suggested that they were radicals determined to find new ways of liv(...)

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.(...)

An instinctual understanding of art: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Hugh Lane in Citizen Lane

There’s a wonderful tableau in the new Irish historical film Citizen Lane depicting Hugh Lane’s wildly ambitious vision for Dublin: architect Edwin La(...)

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