Stephen Joyce

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An illustration by Lelis in the Little Island edition of James Joyce’s The Cat and the Devil

Asked to speak at last Monday’s launch of a new edition of James Joyce’s story for children, The Cat and the Devil, I thought I might begin by mention(...)

The US boxer John Carmel Heenan fighting England’s Tom Sayers in 1860

Despite being contested by men named “Wilder” and “Fury”, the latest world heavyweight boxing title bout was a calmer affair than the one that inaugur(...)

  Galway’s Ryan Forde gets the ball away despite the attentions of Sligo’s Michael Gordon at yesterday’s Connacht GAA  Minor Football Championship Final in  Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

A late Conor McDaid free rescued Galway in a poor Connacht minor final at Dr Hyde Park yesterday. At stages in the game Galway looked as if they could(...)

It is understood that LÉ Seamus Heaney has been considered in military circles, subject to the agreement of the late Nobel laureate’s family. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty Images

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are Minister for Defence and you have just decided to purchase a third new Naval Service offshore patrol vessel.T(...)

Fr Joseph Leonard, Fr William Purcell and future US president John F Kennedy at All Hallows College in September 1955. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It might seem a bit of a stretch to describe them both as original literary creation but, in copyright law, a scribbled note to the milkman enjoys muc(...)

Graham Wilkinson and Paul Kennedy participate in the 20th annual Brennan’s bread Bloomsday messenger bike rally in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

At some time in the last couple of decades Bloomsday became a prescribed date in the annual calendar, its arrival inexorable as that of Christmas Day.(...)