Tipperary-born Donal Ryan was one of 12 writers awarded the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair for his novel, The Spinning Heart. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s literary and cultural achievements were recognised by two separate EU bodies in London and The Hague on Tuesday as writer Donal Ryan and the(...)

Margaret Hayes, city librarian, in a chip van outside the Rotunda Hospital serving from left; Angela Cassidy, Roddy Doyle, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, Philip Martin, Peter Sheridan and Niall Stokes, during the launch of Dublin: One City One Book, 2015 programme. This year’s book  is Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a nostalgia-laden occasion for Roddy Doyle as he celebrated the selection of his Barrytown Trilogy for Dublin: One City One Book for 2015 surro(...)

President Michael D Higgins said   ‘as a nation we remain very conscious of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have left these shores over so many years, often reluctantly’. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

People in Europe should never forget that their countries developed by exporting millions of their people to other continents, President Michael D Hig(...)

‘I am delighted; it’s such an honour. I never expected it, but to tell you the truth, it’s great to get the money’

Not even the smallest irony is ever lost on Tasmanian Richard Flanagan. He wrote history books before turning to the risky art of fiction. “The(...)

Alistair Tosh, head of executive education at IMI (left) with  Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane during a Q&A at the Irish Management Institute National Management Conference 2014

Roy Keane broke cover in what has been one of his first appearances since the publication of his controversial autobiography today when he appeared al(...)

Ian McEwan: efficiently infiltrates the legal world and its hierarchy of clever debate conducted upon the chessboard of the law, but his novel is knowing and corny. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Ironically the most telling sentence in Ian McEwan’s slight, TV-drama-like new novel comes in the form of a casual observation made by the central cha(...)

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for the first time. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Past winner Howard Jacobson is joint-favourite to win this year’s Man Booker Prize as the shortlist was announced today, featuring US authors for t(...)

Dan Stevens: “I like working with cinephiles whether they’re actors or directors”

In person, Dan Stevens is a mild mannered and awfully civilised chap. Why wouldn’t he be? He read English literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. H(...)

Joseph O’Neill’s novel The Dog, due to be published in September, will be one of the year’s most eagerly awaited books. Photograph: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

Irish writers Niall Williams and Joseph O’Neill have been included on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker prize for fiction, which was announced y(...)

Jean-Pierre Thébault, France's ambassador to Ireland, toasts John Banville after awarding him the
Ordre des Arts et Lettres. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A few weeks ago it was Spain, tonight it is France, so might it be Sweden later this year for John Banville? The Irish author will be named a c(...)