James Joyce

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Echo’s Bones is a relatively minor work, but it’s pungent early Beckett, written while he was still under the sway of his mentor, James Joyce. Photograph:  Louis Monier/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

When the British publisher Chatto & Windus agreed in 1933 to publish Samuel Beckett’s first book of fiction, a collection of 10 interrelated stori(...)

Customers using the Luas yesterday on the 10th anniversary of its launch, alight at the St Stephen’s Green Luas stop in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Bringing back the trams was the trendy thing to do in the early 1990s. New tramways were already running in the French cities of Grenoble, Nantes and (...)

“Maybe the decade of centenaries will shed new light on the process by which the gunboat Helga was handed over to a young Free State to become the Muirchú, or “Sea Dog”, and henceforth defend the integrity of the territorial waters. It was surely a dark joke by our departing overlords.”

I can understand writers being upset at the new policy of naming naval patrol ships after Samuel Beckett and James Joyce. No doubt some naval patrolle(...)

‘I never read as much of James Joyce’s work as I pretended to, and one night in bed a woman caught me out.’ Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty

I was in a chip shop in Belmullet talking to a beautiful woman and it was almost midnight. Apart from the two men with white hats behind the counte(...)

Former president Mary McAleese said there was just something profoundly wrong and skewed” about asking “150 male celibates” to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has described as “completely bonkers” Pope Francis’s plan to ask a synod of bishops to advise him on whether church tea(...)

James Holohan, Friends of Joyce Tower, with Kathy Clarke, Monkstown, Lua McIlraith, Sandycove and Kay Gleeson, Sandycove at the James Joyce Tower and Museum, Sandycove Co Dublin today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Sweating in sun did not deter the Joycean enthusiasts who donned full length Edwardian costumes from taking part in a events across Dublin city to cel(...)

“One of the most tiresome duties was the six-hour night watch in the radio room. Little happened. Rarely was a telegram sent or received.  So, sitting there in my shorts, as the ship ploughed steadily through the blackness of the tropic night, I started to read Ulysses.”

One hot afternoon in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, I sought refuge from the boiling tropical sun in a shaded bookshop. There, in one of the long (...)

Sweny’s Pharmacy on Dublin’s Lincoln Place is where James Joyce’s Leopold Bloom stopped at about 11am on the morning of June 16th, 1904, to fill a prescription for his wife Molly and pick up some lemon soap before his Turkish bath. This small Joyce museum is now at risk of losing its UNESCO funding.  Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

The volunteers in Sweny’s Pharmacy on Dublin’s Lincoln Place are busy wrapping bars of soap in preparation for the annual influx of Bloomsday customer(...)

In 1985, Anthony Burgess, who was devoted to Joyce and greatly admired Louis le Brocquy, agreed in principle that he would write a 20-page introduction to the special edition of “Dubliners”, which was limited to 500 copies.

A lost essay on James Joyce’s Dubliners by celebrated English novelist Anthony Burgess is to be published for the first time in The Irish Times tomorr(...)

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