I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

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Against Mystique

National character: English decorum versus dreamy Celtic fecklessness

Witness to Revival

Mary Colum’s memoir of Ireland, literary revival and modernism

Comings and Goings

The ‘isolated and outlandish’ domain of the doomed Big House gentry

A Righteous Flame

A gift for evoking simple things: light, heat, water, air; food and drink

Design and Build

Scenes of fleeting beauty captured in overlooked and unglamorous contexts

Boarding School Odyssey

Poems of youth recollected. informed by humour yet speaking of heartbreak

A Grand Passion

Nora Barnacle’s life with ‘an envious, proud, lonely, discontented man’

Join the Queue

A fictional exploration of ideas pushed to their logical conclusion

Shit Buzz in Belgrade

Kevin Power’s new novel is both riotous rant and thoughtful coming-of-age tale. The punchy lyricism enables sympathy as well as laughter

Friendly! Dynamic! Various!

Saluting progress in Ireland and the contributions of artists to liberalisation is not the same kind of action as analysis or evaluation. Can critics, while retaining the idiom of ‘excellence’, find themselves merely ventriloquising the boosterism of marketing managers and administrators?