Jonathan Swift

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Jonathan Swift: Of the 35 sermons he wrote down, just 12 survive. Among topics they addressed was falling asleep in church, which Swift blamed on a decline in the quality of preaching. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The 350th anniversary of Jonathan Swift’s birth in Dublin on November 30th, 1667, will be celebrated largely for his legendary reputation as a writer (...)

The Very Revd Dean William Morton pictured with the death mask of Jonathan Swift at St Patrick’s Cathedral to launch the Swift Festival marking the 350th birthday of Dean Swift. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Jonathan Swift, born in Dublin 350 years ago next week, has the distinction of being a very robust and prolific political writer who is best known as (...)

If we approach every new piece of digital information with an initial scepticism, we surely risk a cynical contamination

I have always been wary of promoting any particular company in this column, but I must make an exception for Skitster. Skitser, announced just this (...)

James Corden: his jokes were crass, ill-timed and delivered with little sense of respect. Photograph: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TBS

No subject should be off limits to comedy. Is that so scandalous a notion? Let’s ponder. Early this year, a tweet popped up in my timeline wondering (...)

I don’t know whether, in the era of combine harvesters, farmers anywhere still leave a “hare’s corner” when cutting crops. It would be nice to hear th(...)

The Armagh Food and Cider Festival celebrates the produce from 40,000 acres of orchards in the county, most of them in one fairly small region south of Armagh city

A is for Armagh, and also for apples. There are an astonishing 40,000 acres of orchards in Co Armagh, most of them in one fairly small region south of(...)

One of Norwegian Air’s Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Photograph: Norwegian Air

Newest aircraft in Europe begins from Cork The newest aircraft in Europe, the Boeing 737 Max 8, landed in Cork on Tuesday, coming into service on Norw(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

The Boeing 737MAX with the Tom Crean tailfin took off from Belfast at the weekend, bound for Stewart International Airport in New York.

Explorer Tom Crean became the first Irishman to feature on a Norwegian Air tailfin when the airline’s new Boeing 737MAX took off from Belfast at the w(...)

A racy title from 1538

Ireland’s oldest public library, Marsh’s, has never been in the business of lending books. Since it first opened, in 1707, scholars have had to do the(...)

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