In 1921, the second Dáil innovatively nominated a minister for fine arts, Count Horace Plunkett, and two staff. In his nineteen weeks in office, Plunkett organised one public event, a sexcentenary celebration of Dante. Then his ministry was subsumed into a department of education. Plunkett’s appointment was the first of many false starts, as the state, like many others throughout the twentieth century, struggled with the idea of supporting the arts as a good in itself.
A recent serendipitous find in the Oxfam shop in Belfast and costing all of £1.75, Professor Sharpley-Whiting’s account (she’s a US academic specialising in African-American and Diaspora studies) of the African-American women who travelled to Paris during the roaring 1920s to showcase their creativity away from the restrictive Jim Crow laws of their native land […]
American foreign correspondents at large in an age of optimism
Reading the cookbook as an instance of self-expression and social display.
Avoiding speaking of the violence that is going on around us
Reflections on the TV career of comic actor Dermot Morgan
The outrageous life and strange death of publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell
Dropping in, not dropping out: Irish emigrants find a new destination
Irish television: a dangerous medium is launched in a Catholic country
The long fight for recognition of the Magdalene laundries survivors