James Joyce

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It is understood that LÉ Seamus Heaney has been considered in military circles, subject to the agreement of the late Nobel laureate’s family. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty Images

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are Minister for Defence and you have just decided to purchase a third new Naval Service offshore patrol vessel.T(...)

Multimedia: from Digital Dubliners

‘Still not obscure enough” was James Joyce’s explanation to Jacques Mercanton on being caught “gleefully” inserting into a passage from Work in Progre(...)

Saved from destruction: the Maunsel proofs of Dubliners, which Joyce rescued

‘The Abbey Theatre will be open and they will give plays of Yeats and Synge. You have a right to be there because you are my bride: and I am one of th(...)

 Madge Fanning,  100 on May 28th May, holding a photograph of her with her siblings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Not being a history buff, Madge Fanning is unlikely to be able to tell you the details of the year she was born. The records show Charlie Chaplin mad(...)

Fr Joseph Leonard, Fr William Purcell and future US president John F Kennedy at All Hallows College in September 1955. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It might seem a bit of a stretch to describe them both as original literary creation but, in copyright law, a scribbled note to the milkman enjoys muc(...)

Enda Kenny inspects a guard of honour at the naming ceremony of the new Naval Service vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Naval Service ships have traditionally been named after mythological Irish figures – usually women (although Setanta and Ferdia also snuck in ov(...)

“Mr Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Ulysses, James Joyce. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill
Eat your words
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  • May 15, 2014, 15:22

“I will marry you if you promise not to make me eat eggplant.” Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez “And once I had recognis(...)

James Barry: ‘Self-portrait as Timanthes’. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

The Cork-born painter James Barry bestrides the Irish visual imagination like a colossus. But, despite his magnitude, he managed to remain invisible f(...)

The Irish Naval Service is to take delivery of a ‘weaponised naval system’, or ship, named after writer James Joyce (above) next year. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

The Department of Defence has defended the Government’s decision to name two new Naval Service patrol ships after Nobel prize-winning Irish writers, f(...)

Merrill Garbus has a request before the interview begins. “I’ve been speaking very slowly all morning so I can be heard and understood clearly, so is (...)

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