I remember looking at it out of curiosity, knowing nothing at all about Joyce, when I was eight or nine-years-old. It stood out from the other books adorned with more romantic covers and titles. And I remember leafing through it, lying on the floor, and finding it absolutely nonsensical.
The data that the OECD collects can help countries map their strengths and weaknesses in education. But what's the best way to capitalize on the strengths and address the weaknesses? Policy makers might find the answer to that question in another country.
This month sees the appearance of a new constellation of neo-traditional stars in the Irish music firmament: the Teetotallers -- flute player Kevin Crawford of Lunasa; guitarist John Phillips, formerly of Solas; and fiddler Martin Hayes of the duo Hayes and Cahill.
As European bank depositors, bank creditors and bank stockholders look back nervously at what happened recently in Cyprus, there is increasing speculation about what might happen to Slovenia and even some other European countries in relation to bank restructuring.
Despite its current economic challenges, the creative industries in Ireland are going through "a special age" and the country is fast becoming a favorite destination for international co-productions.
There are a lot of special effects in the HBO blockbuster fantasy series Game of Thrones, but one thing that's never faked is the spectacular scenery. Here's our guide to where your favorite scenes were shot in real life.
In AMC's Mad Men, Don Draper's true origins were something of a mystery until he was revealed to be Richard "Dick" Whitman, a fellow who had assumed the identity of an officer he had served with in the Korean War. The origins of Jon Hamm, who portrays Draper, are less mysterious.
There's nothing quite like visiting a place when it's in the middle of a party -- especially if it's the kind of celebration that doesn't happen every year. Here's a selection of some of the must-see festivals and events happening exclusively in 2013.
As if we needed another reason to visit Hawaii.
I started this trip to Ireland in Dublin, as everyone should. It's cosmopolitan, it's got great hotels, night life, restaurants, world class entertainment; it is their Gotham.
The point is that in many cases, 'offshore' isn't about banking and secrecy... it's really about internationalizing your life. It's about taking the best possible advantage of perfectly legal opportunities and structures in other countries that allow you live a better quality of life for less money.
Linkedin is big in Ireland and a vital connection point for entrepreneurs, people with arcane specialities, tech-sector types, ex-pats, Diaspora Irish, people wanting to do business in Ireland, and Irish wanting to do business abroad.
When I got speed coming down the hill from Durrow, I could free wheel most of the way along the flat piece of road that went past the Smollen's house.
Throughout Mary Robinson's career the fight for justice has driven her life-choices, and the enormity of her courageous decisions cannot be underestimated.
Ireland is the place to be for St. Patrick's Day; all other celebrations pale by comparison. While this may be an American holiday, the Irish have adapted it just brilliantly and have made it one of the most fun times a human can have without combusting.
For years America has viewed Ireland through a veil of fond remembrance.