Category: Reviews

Walking the land through Gaelic eyes

Thirty-Two Words for Field: Lost Words of the Irish Landscape Manchán Magan (Gill Books, €19.99) To the country folk of Ireland even smallest piece of land is important, and today as in the past can give rise to bitter conflict. Witness J. B. Keane’s classic play The Field. This attitude often carries into the city.…

A welcome time of year for music lovers

This month means new ‘seasons’ opening up not least the National Symphony Orchestra’s at the National Concert Hall, which began on September 9 with the orchestra in splendid form in music by Berg and Mahler. Dating from 1935, Berg’s Violin Concerto was written “in memory of an angel” – Manon Gropius, the recently deceased 19-year-old…

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Culture Night 2022

This now essential event is marked tomorrow with events of all kinds all over the cities, towns and counties of Ireland. For all the data about culture night, go to info@culturenight.ie. Wherever you live, whatever you care for, there will things for you in the programme. In my immediate location I am taken by the…

Revolution recollected in tranquillity and pain

Estella Solomons: Still Moments, Room 31, NGI, continues to  January 2023. Appreciation by Peter Costello This free exhibition, curated by Niamh MacNally, is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023. This new show at the National Gallery of Ireland is a small, of select…

The Napoleon of Fleet Street

The Chief: the Life of Lord Northcliffe by Andrew Roberts (Simon & Schuster, £25/€29.00) In Ulysses, James Joyce refers to “Harmsworth of the farthing press”. He thereby denigrates the great achievement of Alfred Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe, in creating the first mass circulation newspaper in these islands – the Daily Mail, launched in London in 1896. It was…