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David Baddiel: ‘The more famous you are, the less the version of you that’s out there is true. I am ridiculously obsessed with authenticity’

‘Fame is a silly thing that makes your life absurd,” says David Baddiel, once a quarter of The Mary Whitehouse Exp(...)

Eugene O’Brien: firm has bridge projects in Ireland, Britain, Denmark, Bhutan and Panama under its belt

Take one 40-year old civil engineering consultancy looking to shore up its future, combine it with two Irish academics involved in cutting-edge(...)

Céline and Ronan Coyne and their son Cormac (4) at their house which was hit by waves at East End village on Inishbofin after the pier was destroyed. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Imagine a northeasterly swell reducing a stretch of Dún Laoghaire’s east pier to rubble, splitting James Joyce’s Martello tower off from Sandyc(...)

 Ormond Quay Hotel, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill	/The Irish Times

The demolition and redevelopment of a Dublin hotel associated with James Joyce’s Ulysses has been refused by Dublin City Council. Plans (...)

In A Word:

The word epiphany is derived from the ancient Greek epi and phano, the latter being the verb “to show”. It means “to show forth” or, in translation, “(...)

Having your own iPad app is a kind of digital coming of age for classic works of literature. TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land was one of the first to be(...)

Robert Nicholson has been curatorof Dublin Writers Museum since it opened in 1991, a role that involves checking tickets, manning the reception desk, checking the environmental controls and planning new exhibitions. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dublin Writers Museum on Parnell Square was opened in 1991 by the then taoiseach, Charles Haughey. Robert Nicholson has occupied the role of curat(...)

Tow Path (2001) by TP Flanagan, included in SB Kennedy’s TP Flanagan: Painter of Light and Landscape

GEMMA TIPTON What would you like in your stocking? I have been lusting after a set of Irish artist John Gerrard’s Bone Cutlery for years. They’d fit n(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

The most striking aspect of Edna O’Brien’s short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity. This wri(...)

Europe at the centre: detail from a map by Willem Blaeu, a cartographer of the 16th and early 17th century.

Asked what he thought of Western civilisation, Mahatma Gandhi is said to have replied: “It would be a good idea.” And James Joyce, in the Cyclops epis(...)

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