A house on Captains Road, Crumlin. Crumlin was built by the local authority, Dublin Corporation, with funding from the central government in the 1930s.

Fellmongery is the preparation of animal skins for tanning. A pollard is an animal that has had its horns removed. In 1949, official statistics still (...)

Poor Pearse Doherty, utterly defeated, meekly withdrew his proposal for an analysis of the impact of the Budget

The cockspiratorial system of government is largely about not knowing things. Believe it or not, one of the things the system chooses not to know is h(...)

Singer  Van Morrison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Van Morrison has strongly dissociated himself from a civil action being heard by the High Court in Dublin. Mr Morrison’s estranged wife Michelle Morr(...)

In retrospect, it seems remarkable how much of the iconography of the 1916 Rising came to fix itself on the figures of the seven signatories of the(...)

John McGahern: lost his Clontarf teaching post. Photograph: Patrick Gregory

After his mother’s death from breast cancer, when he was 10, John McGahern and his siblings moved into the Garda barracks in Cootehall, Co Roscommon, (...)

The Game: Theatreclub’s scarifying exploration of prostitution takes an avant-garde cliche and  makes it terrifyingly real.  Photograph: Fiona Morgan

Brian Friel’s death would have been poignant at any time, but it seemed especially so half way through Dublin Theatre Festival. For the festival ra(...)

Still waiting . James Reilly at a 2011 press conference committed to abolishing the HSE by 2016 and delivering a Dutch style universal health insurance system.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Anyone who’s ever had children will remember the moment. You walk into a room and find your lovely three-year-old radiating bliss. He looks at you and(...)

 Brian Friel at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Near the end of one of Brian Friel’s greatest plays, Translations, the old schoolmaster Hugh, whose world has fallen apart, proposes an ironic toast: (...)

Portrait of the artist: Brian Friel in one of Colin Davidson’s portraits of the late playwright

The boy, in this memory, is about nine years old, and his father is in his early 40s. It is summer in the beautiful Donegal village of Glenties, where(...)

Deep in thought: Brian Friel in Dublin in 1980, at the Gate Theatre opening of his play Translations. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Brian Friel did not like to be interviewed, and eventually he gave it up altogether. In 1982 I was drama critic for In Dublin magazine. He agreed to t(...)