James Joyce

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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, (...)

Rockfield, 8 Martello Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow: Martello Terrace is one of the most recognisable and indeed elegant of all the terraces on Bray seafront.

With a yacht club to the rear, views of Bray Head to the front and a stretch of beach to one side, Martello Terrace in Bray is one of the most recogni(...)

Joseph Mitchell  in his office at The New Yorker Magazine in New York, 1994. Photograph: AP Photo/Wyatt Counts)

Whenever the daily deadline looms and I’m struggling to fill my allotted space, as happens often, it sometimes helps to think about Joe Mitchell. The(...)

 Rujing Guo   in Herbert Park. Photograph: Alan Betson

There is an ancient Chinese phrase which Rujing Guo uses as her motto: “To grow as a person, you must walk 1,000 miles and read 1,000 books”. Moving (...)

This way to Omey Island. Photograph: Frank McNally

On a road trip in Connemara last week we drove from the mainland out to Omey Island, as you can do at low tide. A line of poles marks the recommended (...)

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(...)

Owl Run, Hughie O’Donoghue, €25,000 - €35,000, Morgan O’Driscoll

This month marks the final sales of the season for some auction houses in what has been a bumper year. Lots of Irish interest at Bonham’s Fine Books,(...)

 The Ascot Gold Cup

I see that a horse called Amhrán na bhFiann, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is among the runners for the Ascot Gold Cup, held, as always, on the Thursday o(...)

After a long count of 105 years, Myler Keogh rose again this week, at least in the form of a headstone erected by admirers

Most boxers fight at least once too often in their careers, a tradition that Dubliner Myler Keogh appears to have upheld. Middleweight champion of Ire(...)

Les Doherty and Kat Ballhaus, as  Leopold and Molly Bloom of James Joyce’s Ulysses, prepare for Bloomsday Festival 2021, on Sandymount Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

What’s happening on June 16th? It’s Bloomsday, when James Joyce devotees celebrate his novel Ulysses. Remind me why that is Joyce’s enormous, ground-(...)

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