The House That Shame Built

Essay

10th May 2023

‘Writing is the only time when the papery thinness of my skin feels like an asset; when curiosity climbs over shame to burn like a guiding beacon; when the right arrangement of words feels like the gentle closing of a door.’

On waitressing

Essay

28th September 2022

‘Waitressing is a career of invention. An old manager of mine once convinced a table that a nail that had fallen into a guest’s grilled fish from a loose shelf in the kitchen was, in fact, just part of a fish hook, leftover from the fisherman’s own line that morning.’

Notes on rejection

Essay

28th July 2022

A series of short essays reflecting on the experience of rejection. Contributors: Danielle McLaughlin, Jill Crawford, Neil Hegarty, Angelique Tran Van Sang, Anna Walsh, Mia Gallagher, with an introduction by Thomas Morris.

A Boat To Bilbao

Essay

13th June 2021

An essay about Ludwig the cat, and the writer who lives with him.

A Hell Taxonomy

Essay

29th January 2021

Satanic panic, screen violence and Irish doorways to Hell: Róisín Kiberd meets legendary game designer John Romero.

Memorials

Essay

25th January 2021

The tragic death of a Chinese performer in Loughrea, County Galway, in 1936 inspires Clara Kumagai to examine concepts of belonging, sameness and home.

Edna O’Brien’s 90th Birthday Banquet

Essay

15th December 2020

Louise Nealon invites us all to join her in raising a glass to the queen of Irish literature.

Going Clear: Sense and Spectacle at the Dublin Horse Show

Essay

7th August 2019

As one of the city's oldest sporting spectacles, the Horse Show is a Dublin institution butting up awkwardly against the modern world.

Five Moments In Sport

Essay

18th July 2019

Sport is admirable and sport is deplorable. It is an innocent pastime and a pernicious addiction. It means nothing and it means everything. It can be a force for good and for evil.