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.

Essays

europe

Doing the Continental

Enda O’Doherty
The European dream of perpetual peace

THE UNITED IRISHMEN

Following Henry Joy

Ultán Gillen
The life and death of a martyr for revolutionary secular republicanism

Poetic Bears and Others

Thomas McCarthy
An anthology marked by warmth, bigness of heart and generosity of spirit

A Stay of Time

Donal Moloney
A tale of quest full of gritty realism, related in Sara Baume’s electric prose

Life in the Ghost Dog

Tim Murphy
A collection in which many poems are akin to well-worked short stories

Huguenot Voices

Martin Greene
Diaries and memoirs of French Protestant refugees in Ireland

England and St George

Maurice Walsh
The Brexit sensibility: between nostalgia and nationalism

Diversifying the Horizon

Caroline Hurley
Complementing science with tribal strategies for human survival

Against the Grain

Deirdre Hines
Poems marked by fierce imagination and enlivened by puckish wit

High Bred Yet Hybrid

Rosemary Jenkinson
A novelistic recreation of the life of the co-author of ‘The Irish RM’

THE GOOD LIFE

The Opposite of Hatred

Paul O’Mahoney
The afterlife of Christianity after the disappearance of religious belief

SEXUAL VIOLENCE

The Blind I

Lia Mills
Avoiding speaking of the violence that is going on around us

IRISH UNITY

Together Again?

Gerald Dawe
A Northern novelist probes the reality behind the Border poll scenario

TELEVISION

From Trendy to Ted

David Blake Knox
Reflections on the TV career of comic actor Dermot Morgan

BOOK REVIEWING

Where Art Happens

Tom Hennigan
Novelist and critic: the book review as potential art form in itself

blog

The New Centre

Enda O’Doherty writes: “The political centre cannot hold,” wrote Fintan O’Toole in the opening sentence of his Irish Times column of April 16th. “If...

BLOG

Speaking in Tongues

Enda O’Doherty
Enda O’Doherty writes: Our memories of earliest childhood tend for the most part to be fragmentary – in my own case it is mostly...

Back to the Future

A magical realist lens on the life of the loyalist village of ‘Ballylack’

Moonlight and Stars

Enda Wyley
Two new poetry collections from Louise Callaghan and Jean O’Brien

Only Connect

Liza Costello
Timothy Morton and Dermot Healy on the end of hierarchies in nature

Truth in the News

Michael Foley
Reflections on media coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

But Is It Art?

Catherine Marshall
A source book of commentary over 300 years on Irish art

Flashes of Gold

Eoin O’Brien
Memories of bohemian Dublin, the Grand Canal and ‘Baggotonia’

WB YEATS

Thinking with Theatre

Anthony Roche
The development of Yeats’s theatre from words to choreography

LABOUR’S FUTURE

The Mountain

Donald Macintyre
Can Starmer take patriotism from the Tories and give it real social content?