Niall Toibin   at a ceremony in Cork city hall where he was bestowed with  the Freedom of the City of Cork  in recognition of his lifetime contribution to film, stage and television. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín has been awarded the Freedom of Cork in recognition of his film, television and stage work.Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mar(...)

I never saw the filmThe Exorcist, because I am a coward. Watching a little girl’s head spin 360 degrees or seeing her spewing green vomit just didn’t (...)

Sinn Féin candidate for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady: Says this is a “two horse race” between him and the UUP’s Danny Kennedy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The two main nationalist contenders in Newry and Armagh have interesting back stories. The SDLP’s Justin McNulty is a former Armagh All-Ireland medall(...)

Events of the past days had forced Vinny tto disown the values shaped by his old man and by his own 35 years behind the wheel. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Kilbarrack Cemetery on the Dublin Road was well known to Vinny Fitzpatrick in that he passed it regularly in his day job on the buses. On rare occasio(...)

Detail from ‘Hearing the Nightingale’ by Jack B Yeats depicts the view from Richmond Hill in London

For the second time in 10 days, a Jack B Yeats painting was the top-selling lot in a Dublin art auction. On Wednesday evening at Adam’s “Important Iri(...)

Much of what has been said and written about Seán McCann since his death last week at the age of 85 has concentrated on his writing. First he was a jo(...)

Painting of Brendan Behan and Lucian Freud is part of Mark McFadden’s debut exhibition in Dublin, ‘Literary Greats’, at the Residence club on St Stephen’s Green

This painting of Brendan Behan and Lucian Freud is by Mark McFadden, an Irish artist from Falcarragh, Co Donegal, now living in Monaco. It’s pa(...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

In the 1970s, Daria Blackwell was among one of the first female patrons of McSorley’s Old Ale House, one of New York’s oldest Irish bars. Photograph: Leonard J. DeFrancisci

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. The following is one of the entr(...)

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork this year. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Veteran actor and comedian Niall Tóibín is to be honoured with the Freedom of Cork later this year, after city councillors voted overwhelmingly to bes(...)