Peter Sirr. Photograph: Kevin Honan

Before doing a broadcast interview with him at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi) earlier this week, I had never knowingly met Peter Sirr. But ou(...)

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican: after our mass experiment in sensory deprivation, our senses should be keener and sharper. Photograph: Lucas Schifres/Getty

As we allow ourselves to imagine the possibility of life after Covid-19, one of the things we have to think about is how live art can reclaim its t(...)

There is a wildflower park off Collins Avenue, Dublin 9. Photograph: Tom Honan

Many of us have excavated from childhood memory the fact that the circumference of a circle with a radius of 2km is 12.57km. That’s the outer limit of(...)

The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP via Getty Images

For more than two weeks I’ve been shut up at home in Barcelona with my wife and son. I only go out to buy food in spectral supermarkets, after having (...)

Belgravia: the Battle of Waterloo happens offscreen.

When a woman in the 19th century, which is in the olden days, paraphrases a line written by LP Hartley in the 1950s, which is also the olden days, you(...)

Ciaran Carson

Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)

(Original Caption) 'Germany: World War I Armistice: Officers celebrate at captured German canteen.' In reality, the industrial nature of the slaughter destroyed all the notions of individual heroism and chivalry.

It was the greatest silence in all of history. On the western front, the British and Americans were using sound waves transferred on to film to give v(...)

Colourised: one of Alfred Eisenstaedt's photographs of a couple in Times Square in New York in 1945, from The Colour of Time. Original photograph: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life/Getty

Swipe your phone, gaze at a 42in plasma screen, or just look at packaging for children’s toys, or the interior of a McDonald’s. We live and breat(...)

Stuff, it’s just stuff, but revealing stuff. Photograph: iStock

For three years, the French writer Thomas Clerc cloistered himself in his 50sq m Parisian apartment, compiling an annotation of his possessions, inclu(...)

Students in Trinity College Dublin protesting over the implementation of flat rate €450 fee for repeat exams this week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Protests are rarely just about the issue at hand. Usually there is a broader grievance - an accumulation of wrongs, a lack of respect, or an exclusion(...)

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