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1916 As Spectacle

Angus Mitchell
In an age when martyrdom is demonised and tagged with notions of fanaticism and people are reluctant to protest for a cause let alone die for one, 1916 presents an easy target.

May 6, 2013, 13:48 PM

The Wild Harvest

Cormac Ó Gráda
Before the inexorable advance of the conifer, the picking of wild berries on Irish hillsides often provided a welcome seasonal boost in income for poorer rural families.
Apr 22, 2013, 16:27 PM

Street Smart

Fintan Vallely
Lyrics have been defined as short poems written to the accompaniment of a musical instrument, but should Paul Muldoon’s lyrics be judged primarily as poems or as songs?
Apr 22, 2013, 14:16 PM

Sacred Egoist

Michael McDonald
The Italian critic and editor Roberto Calasso enjoys a considerable reputation among the literary-critical elite, but how much substance or originality is there in his anti-rational musings?
Apr 21, 2013, 17:31 PM

Not telling

Maureen O’Connor
Edna O’Brien’s memoir refuses to satisfy our curiosity or submit to the demands for interpretation. She has fought others’ desire for control from childhood, and in her eighties is still fighting.
Apr 21, 2013, 17:19 PM

A Jig in the Poorhouse

Breandán Mac Suibhne
A quarter of a century ago it was stated that no serious academic historian takes seriously any more the claim of genocide in relation to Britain’s role in the Famine. It may be time to debate that assertion again.
Apr 13, 2013, 17:32 PM

The Big D

Seamus O’Mahony
Christopher Hitchens was famously sceptical of the claims of religious thinkers, yet faced with dying he exhibited a defiant faith in the capacities of medical science to block the course of nature, a faith not sustained by much evidence.
Apr 8, 2013, 19:21 PM

Three Presences

Denis Donoghue
Yeats, Eliot and Pound were the three dominant figures in the remaking of early twentieth century English poetry. Though they managed to maintain friendships, each of them was, to a significant degree, deaf to rhythms other than their own.
Apr 8, 2013, 19:06 PM

A Famine Document

Laurence M Geary
In April 1847 a vessel departed from Charlestown naval yard with eight hundred tons of relief supplies for the people of the city and county of Cork, paid for by the people of Boston and other towns in Massachusetts.
Apr 8, 2013, 16:39 PM

Neither Here Nor There

Amy Wilson Sheldon
Sherman Alexie writes of the lives of Washington state’s native Americans, who frequently do not feel quite at home either in Seattle or in the Indian reservations where many of them have roots.
Mar 25, 2013, 15:47 PM

Catholic Truth

Brian Trench
The teaching of science was often a difficult matter in Irish Catholic educational institutions and respected thinkers could sometimes be met by flawed, incoherent and ignorant polemic.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:45 PM

Keepable Sentences

Kevin Stevens
An interview with American novelist Kent Haruf, whose stories of the high plains of Colorado, with their plain but perfectly crafted style and exacting verisimilitude, achieve a mythic dimension rare in contemporary fiction
Mar 25, 2013, 14:33 PM


John Minahane
A new history of the English-approved aristocracy of Ireland in the seventeenth century shows remarkable command of official sources but reads as if the other Ireland, that is the vast majority, scarcely existed.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:29 PM

Casement’s War

Jeff Dudgeon
Roger Casement’s sojourn in Germany is hugely significant for Ireland and England, and especially apposite now the 1914-16 centenary years are approaching.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:24 PM

The Inishowen Oracle

Tom Wall
John Toland, born into Gaelic-speaking north Donegal in the late seventeenth century, became an important controversialist, deist, pantheist and passionate anti-cleric.
Mar 25, 2013, 14:16 PM

Debating the Nation

John Swift

An anthology of the most important Dáil debates of the last sixty years covers vital economic matters, Northern Ireland and the nation’s ongoing difficulties with matters of sexual morality and their consequences.
Mar 10, 2013, 18:54 PM

Made in China

Luna Dolezal
Dave Eggers’s beautifully written new novel offers a melancholy and dreamlike portrait of America in decline.
Mar 10, 2013, 18:24 PM

Getting Beyond No

Connal Parr

There are stirrings in Ulster Loyalist groupings which may, if they mature, disprove the old cliché that Northern Protestants have no culture other than the Orange Order and Rangers football club.
Mar 10, 2013, 18:13 PM

To the Manor Born

Terry Eagleton
Big Houses may mean culture and civility, but they are also at the nub of a whole system of property, labour and production and engage the hard-headed qualities of the gentry as well as its more high-minded impulses.
Mar 10, 2013, 15:44 PM

Power and the People

Tom Hennigan
A new book on the Latin American left asks profound questions about the quality of societies being constructed and comes up with a fascinating portrait of left-wing administrations seeking to balance their supporters’ demands with the dictates of market orthodoxy.
Mar 10, 2013, 15:38 PM