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  • 9 Nov 2020
    Paige Reynolds

    “in these uncertain times”: Twenty-First-Century Irish Writing, Performance, and Criticism

    The New Irish Studies powerfully demonstrates how thoughtful close readings and diverse critical approaches enhance our understanding of twenty-first-century Irish writing. Across recent decades, the Republic and Northern Ireland have experienced monumental cultural, economic, and political transformations. Amid these, Irish literature has flourished, drawing international audiences and accolades for a wide array of writers publishing […]

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  • 7 May 2020
    Chris Morash


    One of the most best-known conversations about Dublin took place in Zürich, when James Joyce was walking down Universitätstrasse with his friend Frank Budgen. “I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete,” Joyce famously told him, “that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book.” […]

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  • 19 Aug 2010
    Rebecca Y.

    A Love Affair with Irish Literature

    In this guest post, our book loving coworker, Rebecca Yeager, declares her love for the literature of the Emerald Isle. Be sure to check out Thomas Bartlett’s Ireland: A History, out this month. Rebecca learned a few things in IRELAND and asked, "did you know that in 1902, a group of British Iraelites began illegal excavations at Tara in search of the Ark of the Covenant, and where stopped in part by through the efforts of several Irishmen, including Y.B. Yeats?"

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  • 16 Jun 2010
    Bruce Bradley

    Celebrating Bloomsday and Irish Culture Worldwide

    Happy Bloomsday 2010! For the uninitiated, Bloomsday is a celebration of James Joyce’s magnum opus Ulysses, a novel in which the events all take place over the course of one day: June 16th. From Dublin to New York, Genoa to Brazil, Bloomsday is commemorated as the world over pays tribute through performances of Ulysses, visits to prominent places in the novel (if you’re lucky enough to be in Dublin!), and performances of Irish music. There’s even a Twitter adaptation of Ulysses, and a "Which Ulysses Character Are You?" Quiz. Bloomsday is also a celebration of James Joyce's own life and literary achievements - a reflection of how heavily the book was informed by Joyce's personal experience. In Saturday’s Irish Times, Dictionary of Irish Biography contributor Bridget Hourican charts a who’s who of characters from Dublin’s most famous novel – full analysis can be found here. But what about James Joyce? Who was he and where does the saga of Ulysses fit in his life story?

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  • 17 Mar 2010

    Speaking with the Dictionary of Irish Biography Blogger

    Meet Bill, author and originator of the Dictionary of Irish Biography Blogspot. His mission statement: The new Dictionary of Irish Biography from the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge UP. 9 volumes, 10,000 pages, 10 million words, 9700 lives. A mammoth account of Irish lives from the earliest times to 2002. I'm reading it from beginning to end. The Dictionary of Irish Biography - more affectionately, DIB - is the most comprehensive and authoritative biographical reference work on Ireland. From James Ussher to James Joyce, St. Patrick to Patrick Pearse, St. Brigit to Maud Gonne MacBride, Maria Edgeworth to Elizabeth Bowen, Edward Carson to Bobby Sands, this indispensable resource outlines the careers at home and overseas of prominent men and women born in Ireland, north and south, and the noteworthy Irish careers of those born outside Ireland. I had the chance to ask Bill a few questions about this adventure that he’s embarked on. Read on to learn about his motivations, expectations, and revelations.

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