Sean O Casey

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An illustration of John Ball on a horse encouraging the rebels of 1381, from a circa 1470 manuscript in the British Library

Long before John Bull, there was John Ball, a real-life English hero and the religious wing of the great Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Forbidden to preach(...)

James Duffy’s   publications catered to the burgeoning Catholic middle class in the middle decades of the 19th century

Ireland has a long and rich publishing history and among those who stand out in that history is James Duffy, who died 150 years ago on July 4th. “Judg(...)

 Switzers in Dublin. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

The background of Mary Elizabeth Switzer, whose life we discussed here on Thursday, was an inversion of classic Irish stereotype. Her father, as I now(...)

When the curtain came down on Our New Girl, did it come down on innovative programming along with it? Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

One billion years ago, before the advent of TikTok musicals and streamed monologues on YouTube, plays were staged in buildings called theatres. It’s d(...)

Red Roses for Me, Louis le Brocquy pen ink and watercolour €8,000–€12,000

There is a Whites on the Green matchbox dating from 1987 in the Little Museum of Dublin. The tiny box – which retains its matches – serves as a remind(...)

422 North Circular Road, Seán O’Casey’s last residence. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The last Dublin home of playwright Seán O’Casey, where he wrote his best known work, has finally been bought by Dublin City Council. The council pla(...)

Dr Corbett is clear that Ireland delivers ‘some of the highest quality obstetric care in the world’. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A unique historical perspective honouring the work of Dublin’s Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has appeared with the publication of “Ch(...)

Sean O’Casey’s last residence at 422 North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sabina Higgins is rallying support for the former home of playwright Sean O’Casey to be turned into a “cultural arts centre”. In a letter to academic(...)

The house had gone on the market in 2018 for €450,000 but was recently offered for sale for €625,000 despite its condition having deteriorated in the intervening years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin City Council has revived plans to buy the former home of playwright Seán O’Casey in Dublin’s north inner city. In March of last year the counc(...)

The exterior of 422 North Circular Road, playwright Seán O’Casey’s last residence. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The purchase of the last Dublin home of playwright Sean O’Casey by Dublin City Council is unlikely to go ahead, due to Coronavirus funding constraints(...)

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