Guest Post: Irish Caricature and Editorial Cartoons by Barry Sheppard

I am delighted to feature a guest post on my blog from Barry Sheppard of Queen’s University, Belfast, who curated the 1920s Irish Political Cartoons exhibition. All images in this post have been reproduced with kind permission from Irish Newspaper Archives and the Irish Press. I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Barry on his…

Opening of ‘Love, Italian Style’

I was at the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin yesterday evening for the launch of the Love, Italian Style exhibition. Curated by Niamh Cullen (University College Dublin), it looks at the changing perceptions of marriage from the 1940s to the 1970s in Italy, and draws on popular magazines — notably Grand Hotel — and diaries held at…

A Fine Gael – Fianna Fáil Coalition?

Eamon de Valera was considered by some to be a barrier to reconciliation
(Click for photo source)

The Irish Times is reporting this morning that Fianna Fáil might be set to vote on the prospect of coalition with Fine Gael at their upcoming Ard Fheis. Though Fine Gael is, to borrow the expression used by the newspaper, ‘the old enemy’, the notion of an alliance between the two is not unheard of. Nor…


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