‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times
In praise of Jennifer Johnston
  • Books
  • June 14, 2017, 11:00

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

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Maria Edgeworth

When Maria Edgeworth’s Castle Rackrent (mentioned in passing here yesterday) was first published in 1800, the editors saw fit to add a glossary explai(...)

Maria Edgeworth, as painted  by John Downman (1807)

Edgeworthstown in Co Longford will be forever associated with the great novelist Maria Edgeworth, whose 250th anniversary falls next January 1st. But (...)

An architectural drawing on display in the House and Home exhibition

As the debate over the housing crisis carries over into another year – conducted chiefly at the level of a political blame game – the Irish Architectu(...)

The lobby of the Imperial Hotel, Cork, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Photograph: Flynn Hotels

Napoleon was settling into his first full year of exile on St Helena, Rossini’s Barber of Seville premiered in Rome and in Cork a group of merchants s(...)

Hot air ballooning in the Alps
  • Travel
  • February 20, 2016, 04:00

For a week in mid-winter every year, a small, cuckoo-clock Swiss village is invaded by a multicoloured airborne flotilla, and after sunset its bars a(...)

Maria Edgeworth: ‘Austen’s bestselling rival’ was the author of ‘Castle Rackrent’ amongst many other novels. Photograph:  Universal History Archive/Getty Images

In 2010 two of Maria Edgeworth’s novels, Patronage and Helen, came back into print with the cover slogan “Jane Austen’s bestselling rival” and with gr(...)

Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

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