Terry Wogan, director of Century Radio, the country’s first national independent radio station, arriving  for a lunch at the Century Pavilion, St Audoen’s Park, High Street, Dublin, to mark the station’s first day on the air. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

You have to wait for the green man, missus. On the other hand, isn’t this man as green as any who has ever pounded the mean streets of Dublin? It i(...)

Lizzie Burns, an illiterate Irish woman who married Engels shortly before her death

Four words in a newspaper review of a 400-page biography. That was all it took to send Gavin McCrea on the trail of Lizzie Burns, a cotton worker fro(...)

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the busiest student campuses on the planet. It has some 45,000 students who study everything from business and(...)

Start planning this year’s holidays and weekends away. Browse the full list or jump to the month you want. January | February | March | April | May(...)

Emma Donoghue

IRISH NOVELS It’s a case of back to the future for Glenn Patterson’s Gull (Head of Zeus, January), which zooms in on the DeLorean luxury car factor(...)

Sunjeev Sahota, author of The Year Of The Runaways, one of six books that shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015.

We live in a world of white noise. Actually, not so white. Headlines are the blood red of terror attacks; social media is an explosion of fluorescent(...)

Thirty-three Army cadets seen after receiving their commissions from the Minister for Defence at the time,  Michael Noonan, at the Curragh. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Listen up, lads. Right leg: in. Right leg: out. Right leg: in. And shake it all about. There’s a distinctly hokey pokey look to this photograph fro(...)

Ian Rankin: “Rebus and Cafferty are a couple of dinosaurs, aren’t they? The last of their kind”

He’s one of the best-loved characters in crime fiction. Ask any reader of detective novels about DI John Rebus, and they’ll tell you about his love o(...)

The Minister for Health Dr Rory O’Hanlon, taking full advanrage of a conducted tour of the Department of the Elderly extension at St Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin, after he officially opened the building with Councillor Austin Groome, Chairman, eastern Health Board. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Did somebody say “election fever”? Maybe this isn’t what they meant. But here’s a word to the wise for all ministers for health, former ministers f(...)

Patrick deWitt in Dublin: “I think of The Ginger Man as being one of my favourite books, and I read it at a young age. My father gave it to me. But in terms of influencing this book, I think I had in my mind The Onion Eaters.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dazzlingly original, darkly funny, striking and strange: such are the words critics have used to describe the novels of Patrick deWitt. His (...)