James Joyce

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Now, more than ever, we need our ability to entertain contradictory ideas; to glean some empathy for and understanding of the lives of others. Photograph: Getty

F Scott Fitzgerald wrote that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time”. Or, as Ja(...)

28 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2

In its heyday, this is the time of year when the residents of Fitzwilliam Square would take a long break after the Irish Social Season. It was when th(...)

Digital artist Beeple (aka Mike Winkelmann) and his collage “Everydays: the First 5,000 Days” sold for $69 million

If the phrase “non-fungible token” doesn’t make you burst out laughing, I question whether you are fully human. Fungible! It sounds like a naughty dou(...)

Brendan Behan. His reported last words: ‘May all your sons be bishops.’ Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Writing about the late Eamonn Breslin – “the man who headed the ball” at Croke Park in 1964 – recently (Irishman’s Diary, February 25th), I wondered t(...)

St Patrick’s Day: Michael Bloomberg, as mayor, and Dr Kevin Cahill at the American Irish Historical Society after the New York parade in 2011. Photograph: Michael Appleton/New York Times

An exquisite Gilded Age townhouse on Fifth Avenue in New York City is on the market for more than $52 million, or more than €40 million. It featu(...)

Very rare pen sketch on the inside cover of lot 594, Life in the West of Ireland, Jack B Yeats

The private library of bibliophile John Wyse Jackson, who died suddenly on February 19th, 2020, will be auctioned by Purcell auctioneers in an online-(...)

Claudia Carroll: somehow, by some miracle, might my little play get to see the light of day?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone is struggling through lockdown. But spare a thought for the theatres. Live performance has effect(...)

In 1932, Random House imported a single copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses into the US and arranged for Customs to seize it. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty Images

One hundred years ago on Sunday, a decision by a lowly New York court had the effect of banning James Joyce’s Ulysses in the United States. In the Nau(...)

John Buckley McQuaid: ‘Leaving doesn’t mean artists suddenly became idiots and didn’t know about anything going on in Ireland’

A month to St Patrick’s Day and Ireland’s diaspora around the world are warming themselves up to play the roles handed them by central casting in Dubl(...)

James Joyce’s affinity for Bective Rangers saw the Donnybrook club mentioned in three of the author’s books. Photograph:

Novelist, poet, short story writer and teacher James Joyce attended several rugby internationals while living in Paris. Educated at Clongowes, O’Conne(...)

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