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.



The Necessity of Yeats

Joseph M Hassett writes: The twenty-eighth day of January 2022 marks the eighty-third anniversary of the death of WB Yeats. Anniversaries remind us to...

A Revolutionary’s Life

Gerald Dawe
An affectionate portrait of Ernie O’Malley in war and in exile

Family Troubles

Tanvi Roberts
Nobel laureate Louise Glück’s poetic use of figures from Greek mythology

Wheeler Dealers

Mary Nagle
Luke Cassidy’s novel of drug deals, heists and mess-ups along the border

Making Israel Unreal

Donal Moloney
Opinion: The faulty thinking of the boycott and divestment campaign

Caldron Bubble

Dick Edelstein
Where the line that separates our lives from chaos seems alarmingly thin

From out of the Box

Ross Moore
Vona Groarke marshals her strengths to poems notably apt for ‘these times’

Hello to Berlin

Margaret Haverty
Dropping in, not dropping out: Irish emigrants find a new destination


Hugging Stalin

Michael Foley
Growing up under, and then losing, the certainty that socialism will win

Literary Theory

Where To Next?

Enda Duffy
Joe Cleary explores world literature and Irish literature’s place in it

irish literature

Down on the Farm

Heather Laird
Farming, land and land hunger as a theme in modern Irish literature


Are We Civilised at All?

Luke Warde
Fintan O’Toole’s personal narrative of Ireland’s ‘ascent to normality’

popular music

The Reunion

Philip Ó Ceallaigh
Leonard Cohen’s fusion of sacred and profane, of words and music

irish history

On the Brink

Martin Mansergh
Breaking away from the empire: the dilemma of the 1921 Treaty negotiators


Wild Child

Ann Kennedy Smith
Early to late: questions about the conventional Jane Austen timeline

A Man of Many Parts

Jim Smyth
A brilliant historian and teacher who kept faith with the republic

The Man From Nowhere

Enda O’Doherty
Rallying the great and the good to build the European project from above

Now This Is The Truth

Maura O’Kiely
A satire on the political PR industry reminiscent of Waugh’s ‘Scoop’

The Destruction Principle

Alena Dvořáková
A working class striver and skiver in one, at home with the underdog

Whatever You Say

Tom Inglis
No news: letters from John McGahern, who didn’t like writing letters

Cain’s World

Amanda Bell
A protest against ‘the developer’ and paean to the wildness within

This Happy Breed

Eoin Dillon
Multiple British fractures leave England alone to feast on its past

Eastward Ho!

David Dickson
Dublin’s expansion on the basis of the reclamation of land from the bay


Killing Bad Guys

Farrel Corcoran
Lara Marlowe’s memoir of her years with Robert Fisk in love and war



Patricia Craig
A Reader from ‘Archipelago’, a review celebrating wild Britain and Ireland