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I thanked Ms Lot and set off for 2022, without a glance back. Photograph: Tooga Productions Inc

It was galling to hear UK Brexit minister David Frost quote “Irish-British scholar-politician Edmund Burke” in that Lisbon speech last month, where he(...)

Colm Tóibín: ‘Maybe Irish people would object if a German writer invented another lover for Yeats.’ Photograph: Miquel Llop/NurPhoto via Getty

In the chilly gloom of Lübeck’s 14th-century church of St Catherine, Colm Tóibín smiles with relief at the wave of warm applause. Before him, a 250-s(...)

University College Dublin (UCD) is to expand its student population with the aid of a €350 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

University College Dublin (UCD) is to expand its student population with the aid of a €350 million loan facility from the European Investment Bank (EI(...)

Sr Margaret Hegarty: she raised more than 30 girls and boys from as young as two years

Sr Margaret Hegarty was a remarkable woman who devoted her life to giving young people a unique start in life. She was born Margaret Bernadette Hegar(...)

Loopline bridge over the Liffey for trains and dart. Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

Prepare for floods Although estate agents selling desirable period homes in Clontarf or Sandymount may not wish to acknowledge it, one overwhelming f(...)

Detail from Vincent van Gogh’s most famous work, The Starry Night, painted during his great creative storm of 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York

Wandering the streets of Paris last weekend, I chanced upon the Moulin de la Galette, a Montmartre windmill painted repeatedly by Vincent van Gogh whe(...)

The San Francisco Book Company in Paris. The proprietor sits, Cerberus-like, just inside the door.

Back in Paris for a weekend after a few years of absence, I arrived hungry off the bus at Porte Maillot and not feeling quite up to the challenges of (...)

Father Mathew, ironically for a temperance campaigner, is legless. Or at least, having given him a full-length priest’s robe, the sculptor did not feel the need to supply any leg detail.

Walking down Dublin’s O’Connell Street the other day, I noticed something about which Myles na gCopaleen, formerly of this parish, used to complain. (...)

The  irony is that Parnell, who was notoriously superstitious, had always detested the colour green, in all its shades.  Photograph: Getty Images

Still on the theme of dates that could be suitable as new holidays, there may also be a case to be made for today’s, October 6th: once (and still in s(...)

An illustration by Lelis in the Little Island edition of James Joyce’s The Cat and the Devil

Asked to speak at last Monday’s launch of a new edition of James Joyce’s story for children, The Cat and the Devil, I thought I might begin by mention(...)

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