Walter Scott

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The plaque was unveiled by Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland, pictured here with Historian Cecelia Hartsell, at the Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, formerly the Friends’ Meeting House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The 1845 Dublin visit of anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass has been commemorated with a plaque in Dublin city. Born into slavery in Marylan(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris during a  Scott Medal award ceremony   for deceased and serving members of the force at   Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Of all the acts of courage detailed at a Garda medal ceremony on Wednesday, perhaps the most remarkable was an incident which involved no violence or (...)

For the third year running, members of the extended Joycean family are taking the liberty of giving Paddy Dignam a month’s mind

We think of the “month’s mind” Mass, typically followed by a family meal, as a thing unique to Ireland. And apart from pockets of Catholicism abroad, (...)

Defence attorney Eric Nelson (left) and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the second-degree murder of George Floyd,  at  the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis on March 21st. Photograph: Court TV via AP

The graphic video of George Floyd’s killing was the catalyst for global protests against racism in policing. Whether it will be enough to persuade a j(...)

Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet in Ammonite. Image: Agatha A Nitecka/RÅN studio

A year or so ago, when Francis Lee, director of the excellent God’s Own Country (in which a new arrival to a rainy part of England had a passionate sa(...)

 Statue of Beethoven in Vienna. Although his Irish airs had their admirers, they were not a success in his lifetime, or in much of the time since.

It is one of Beethoven’s lesser claims to greatness that, alongside his symphonies, concertos, and sonatas, he also composed settings for old Irish ai(...)

Flowers for cutting from the border. Photograph: Taryn Elledge-Penner of Quartier Collective

As historic Irish gardens go, Killruddery surely has it all:a heart-achingly beautiful house set within a gloriously scenic location, surrounded by an(...)

Back row, left to right, Stig Abell, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Syima Aslam, with (front row left to right) Mariella Frostrup and Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC-assembled panel who chose a new BBC list of 100 important  novels that shaped our world. Photograph: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire

Pick a side. Obviously, the BBC’s list of “100 Novels that Shaped Our World” is terrible. All such lists are terrible. Each one generates complaints (...)

Ireland has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe – one in four adults are obese and one in four children are overweight or obese. Photograph: iStock

In literature, fat hasn’t always been thought of as shameful. In Ivanhoe, for example, Walter Scott sympathetically portrays Friar Tuck as a virtuous (...)

Delacroix: a detail from July 28, 1830: Liberty Leading the People. Courtesy of the Louvre, Paris

France had not held a major retrospective of Eugène Delacroix’s work since the centenary of his death in 1963. An exhibition at the Louvre this spring(...)

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