Melanie Neumann worked as an au pair in Dublin for two years.

It’s about ten years now since I first set foot on Irish soil. Back then I didn’t grasp how much the experience of working as an au pair in Ireland wo(...)

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 f(...)

Tommy Tiernan, who was perfectly paired with Kevin Barry. Photograph: Nuala Grogan

With a line-up that includes interviews with an array of acclaimed authors, and workshops on publishing and the craft of the short story, there is (...)

On a sunny day, a visit to Greystones can feel like you’re on holidays. Indeed since the investment in the marina, Kay Desmond at Brooke & Shoa(...)

Polly Samson and David Gilmour: will discuss the creative process and how they collaborate on writing lyrics. Photograph:  David M Benett/Getty Images 2:03

The Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas is only four years old, but today hosts a notable literary exclusive. The first public interview invo(...)

There’s a literary feast awaiting the country in the coming week, with three festivals taking place. We’ve rounded up some places to fill your bell(...)

Architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens’ most famous unbuilt work in Ireland was his proposal to replace the Ha’penny Bridge with an art gallery for the Hugh Lane collection in 1912

If Edwin Landseer Lutyens had had his way, the Ha’penny bridge wouldn’t exist. When Sir Hugh Lane, who died 100 years ago this year on board the Lu(...)

Emily Dickinson: Miss Emily by Nuala Ní Chonchúir, above, (August, Sandstone) looks at the life of the famously reclusive poet through the eyes of 18-year-old Ada Concannon, her Irish maid. Photograph: Emilia Krysztofiak

Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh (May, Canongate) Yasmin Laksaris is the obese teenage narrator of the English author Tasha Kavanagh’s (...)

The temptation to chintz up the tearoom must have been difficult to resist. What else to do with an ornate Victorian park shelter but stuff it with(...)

 Anne Enright: an utterly distinct body of work with a spine of dark humour.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

We are not short of exceptional women writers in Ireland. When it comes to the canon and continuity, Anne Enright rightly sits alongside Elizabeth Bow(...)