Justin Cartwright: “That’s South Africa for you. On the one hand, it is this idyllic place; and on the other, there is this terrible risk.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Justin Cartwright’s new novel, Up Against the Night, opens with two contrasting quotes. One, from nature writer Robert Macfarlane, suggests we read(...)

Victim impact: Colum McCann called for his attacker to  be spared prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Colum McCann is well known in Ireland as a storyteller. As a novelist he has re-created the stories of the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the highwi(...)

By Heart Smock Alley Theatre **** In a world where most of us memorise nothing more poetic than passwords and pin numbers, what is the point of a thea(...)

 It Folds, at the Dublin Tiger Fringe festival, is poignant and funny, telling the story of a group of strangers brought together to perform a series of physical tasks, texts and songs. It’s at the Peacock on Sep 7th-12th at  7pm

Behind the Dark Strange things happen in the woods at night. Even so, this is likely to be one of the strangest things you’ll ever see in the Phoenix (...)

1952 - Micheal Mac Liammoir in the Gate Theatre production of Anouilh's Ring Around the Moon in which he played both Hugo and Frederick.   Copyright RTE

They say every picture tells a story – but sometimes, photographs need a champion to tell that story for them. Such is the case with this shot of the (...)

Hannah (5) Moloney with her mother Siobhan Molony from Kilmainham browsing some Oil Paintings by Artist Paul Ryan during the weekly Sunday display by various artists of thier Art on Dublins Merrion Square. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

It’s one of the most enjoyable, easygoing things you can do on a sunny Sunday in Dublin: stroll around Merrion Square, look at the paintings and chat (...)

The new Stieg Larsson: David Lagercrantz, author of The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Photograph: Moa Karlberg/New York Times

Once upon a time every crime writer from anywhere north of Letterkenny who produced a half-decent book was described as the new Stieg Larsson. But (...)

Once upon a time, this was the sort of thing we watched quite happily on Saturday night telly. But what sort of show, you may ask, could it possibly (...)

Pasta carbonara, the Cooks Academy way

You’ve got your clothes, your books and your portable electronic devices sorted. Personal hygiene products? Check. Sports gear? Yep. Now what? Well(...)

Anti-EEC rally outside Leinster House, May 1972 – a masterclass in how to protest in style

A referendum campaign characterised by inflated rhetoric, cross-party bickering and more than a hint of scaremongering. And, in the end, a massive Yes(...)