Simon O Connor

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James Joyce. Some wonder whether Joyce’s revolutionary volume is being treated as a safe cultural commodity, useful for attracting visitors but losing its relevance as it does so. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images

Shortly after James Joyce took possession of the first copies of Ulysses in his Paris home on February 2nd, 1922, his 40th birthday, it became clear t(...)

Brighter days are ahead. Ninety-five well-known people tell us what they are most eagerly anticipating in the coming months Daniel O’Donnell Sin(...)

 Sean Scully pieces at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane: the gallery has seen increases of up to 300 per cent across its various social media channels during the crisis. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

I like to see art on my own. It’s a solitary pleasure, just me and the painting or the object. I find it difficult to put any thoughts into words unti(...)

Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

The Ulysses Centre will be mainly housed in the former Aula Maxima of UCD on Stephen’s Green.

“This the way to the museyroom. Mind your hats goan in!” So says the museum guide early in Finnegans Wake, as visitors to Dublin are taken on a tour o(...)

Presenting Herself with a state-of-the-art electric fireplace.

In a corner of the Little Museum of Dublin, a tiny Sony Trinitron colour television plays a showreel of Irish cultural landmarks. There’s Sally O’Bri(...)

Whatever you’re having yourself:  Some retro advertising featuring at the  the Little Museum of Dublin exhibition

Do you like sexism? Do you think we need to get Ireland back to values that matter from, say, around 40 years ago? Do you look at Britain in the earl(...)

Simon O’Connor’s set of intimate songs, imagining 1916 through the experience of the wives of the rebel leaders, is currently on tour

The first musical celebration of the 1916 centenary that I came across was Simon O’Connor’s Left Behind, which was first heard in Dublin this time la(...)

Women serving in the Army, Navy and Air Corps form a guard of honour for President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to honour the role of women from 1916 to 2016, on International Women’s Day, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Society must recall as fully as possible the part that women played in the 1916 Rising in laying the foundations for the Ireland of today, President (...)

Derelict mews buildings at the rear of the Little Museum on St Stephen’s Green Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The last two remaining Georgian mews buildings on St Stephen’s Green are being offered for sale by Dublin City Council despite calls from Dublin Ci(...)

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