Hugh O’Conor - ‘the cheery Dubliner has emerged as one of our busiest hyphenates.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Hugh O’Conor is pondering the years after his breakthrough role in My Left Foot. “I didn’t do some jobs I was offered,” he says. “My parents said I h(...)

Social media is now a battle ground for those presenting their own versions of the world. Photograph: Getty

Ineluctable modality of the visible. What? It’s the first five words of the Proteus episode of Ulysses: which I wanted to use because, you know, it mi(...)

The then US president Barack Obama presents the National Humanities Medal to Philip Roth at the White House in March 2011. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

“If I’m not an American, I’m nothing,” the writer Philip Roth once said. Roth, one of the giants of American literature, passed away on Tuesday night (...)

Students from Notre Dame at the Forty Foot near Joyce’s Tower in Sandycove during Bloomsday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There was no Chapel of Love, no Unchained Melody and certainly no Rock the Boat in Ulysses. Neither was there a wedding but it it did not stop the No(...)

John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce on Sandymount Strand on the 50th-anniversary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 1954.

It feels strange to be celebrating Bloomsday without the living presence of Anthony Cronin. The genesis of our modern Bloomsday celebration is a famil(...)

John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough: his main crime in Swift’s eyes was having enriched himself on the public purse

A certain Joycean masterpiece aside, today’s literary anniversaries also include the death of one John Churchill, aka the Duke of Marlborough, after w(...)

James Joyce photographed in 1917 in Zurich, Switzerland. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

As Bloomsday approaches, it’s worth remembering that Ulysses, the most famous literary evocation of Dublin city, was written by a man living many mile(...)

Sebastian Barry: “That’s enough of that, I say, I don’t want to say no more. Silence.” Photograph: Alan Betson

In some ways it seems a bit of a puzzle that in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which was published a century ago, James Joyce’s alter ego, (...)

Actor Barry McGovern and his son Sam read the new audio version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the publication of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. The book follows Stephen Dedalus and his(...)

In the satire 1066 and All That, it is claimed that William Gladstone “spent his declining years trying to guess the answer to the Irish question; unf(...)

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