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.

Home Issue 130, February 2021

Issue 130, February 2021

The Homes of Tipperary

Donal Ryan has, in previous work, established his facility for inhabiting the minds and spirits of his characters

Sins of the Fathers

The proportion of Irish men who acknowledged responsibility for the

But Is It Art?

It is curious how ‘mimesis’, the ability to accurately depict nature, ‘skill’, the deployment of acquired manual dexterity, and ‘beauty’, formerly

A Hero and his Valet

The runaway slave Tony Small saved the life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald

A Man About a Dog

What is alluring about dogs includes ‘their freedom, their lack of inhibition’, their dwelling in the moment – without apprehensiveness, but without hope. This is enviable in a way, yet we don’t entirely want it. Having a pet can extend one’s being, but it needn’t make one want to be a pet.

The Blame Game

It is not in the nature of states to give up territory. Why did the Provisionals, after several years of conflict, continue to believe that a few hundred men with Armalites could defeat a nuclear power? How could they claim to understand imperialism and believe that Britain secretly wanted to leave?

Quote, Don’t Dote

In his latest book, Joseph Hassett seeks to restore the full poetic and personal context to some of Yeats’s most famous and most quoted lines. The result is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable books on the poet ever to call forth the skills of a gifted designer and of a true critic.

Mission Accomplished

The thinking behind Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s working practice

The Chancer Debagged

Frank McCourt’s Limerick: a place where the sun never shone

No We Can’t

Barack Obama had all the qualities that make for a great president. Competent, incorruptible, calm yet