Jonathan Swift

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  Thomas J Collins: co-editor of Dublin Opinion died 50 years ago this month

Satire has a long history in writing in Ireland, from the “aoir” of the Irish bardic tradition through Jonathan Swift up to Myles na gCopaleen. Dublin(...)

John Toland: the term “West Britain” was first used in print by an Irish-speaking Donegal man. He did not intend it as a description of Dublin, or Leinster, or indeed as an insult of any kind.

It may come as no surprise to learn that the term “West Britain” was first used in print by an Irish-speaking Donegal man. Less predictably, he did no(...)

St Columba’s in Dublin is the most expensive day school in the country (€9,174) and  is also the most expensive for seven-day boarding (up to €24,670). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

On the face of it, these are good times for Ireland’s private schools: enrolments have climbed to a record high, fees are creeping upwards and they ha(...)

Even US president Joe Biden’s legendary capabilities, his ability to finish deals and forge alliances, wasn’t enough to get his Build Back Better deal signed. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Democracy is a funny thing. In the US, we end 2021 with one holdout senator, from one of the poorest states in the union, a place that desperately nee(...)

Famous eccentric John (‘Jacky’) Barrett, who spent most of his life in Trinity College Dublin.

Universities probably have more than their fair share of eccentrics, one of whom was John (also known as “Jacky”) Barrett, who spent most of his life (...)

The portrait of Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift by Irish artist Francis Bindon dates back to 1735

An 18th-century portrait of writer Jonathan Swift was sold to an Irish buyer on the first day of the Howth Castle Auction. The auction of the content(...)

Denis Donoghue: the late academic was the Yeats Summer School’s first director. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

Denis Donoghue Born: December 1st, 1928 Died: April 6th, 2021 Denis Donoghue, who has died aged 92, was one of the world’s foremost scholars of moder(...)

The Phoenix Park’s “Citadel Pond” owes its origins to the water-filled moat that used to surround a vast construction known variously as the “Citadel”, “Star Fort”, and “Wharton’s Folly”

In both name and nature, the Phoenix Park’s “Citadel Pond” may be the last vestige of one of the greatest white-elephant construction projects in the (...)

 The Duchess of Sussex can be considered a Tadhgeen. Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/PA

Further to our discussion of the male name’s revival in popularity (Diary, March 24th), I don’t know if there are any female Tadhgs out there too. If (...)

Elizabeth Maconchy: pioneering composer. Photograph: British Music Collection/University of Huddersfield

Although she spent most of her life in a country where today is known as “Boxing Day”, the composer Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994) betrayed her origin(...)

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