The Slí na gCopaleen, as it’s called, starts on Friday in the village of Derrybeg

In the original Irish, Gort a’ Choirce was just a field of oats, literally. But the Donegal village that has since grown up where the cereal used to b(...)

When “At Swim-Two-Birds” was published in 1939 the chief masterpieces of modern, avant-garde writing in English were not quite 20 years old; and the m(...)

Myles na gCopaleen aka  Flann O’Brien aka Brian O’Nolan. File photograph: The Irish Times

When Brian O’Nolan died, almost 50 years ago, his writing career was dismissed by one influential critic as a “ruin”. But if it remains a ruin, half (...)

The February 1945 edition of ‘The Bell’, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The author was described only as having “recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin”. He was, in fact, the young Conor Cruise O’Brien, writing under a pseudonym.

The February 1945 edition of The Bell, Ireland’s main intellectual monthly, carried an essay by one Donat O’Donnell on the Irish Independent. The auth(...)

A little bit of Ireland in Berlin: Beate Lemcke outside Irish Berlin, her shop on the city’s Grosse Hamburgerstrasse

On her last trip to Ireland Beate Lemcke visited Deansgrange cemetery, in Dublin, to find the grave of Brian O’Nolan, better known as Flann O’Brien(...)

Adrian Dunbar and Pauline Hutton in the Lyric Theatre production of Brendan at the Chelsea. Photograph: Steffan Hill, hulton/getty

Adrian Dunbar’s favourite Brendan Behan anecdote involves Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Brian O’Nolan standing outside Neary’s pub in Dublin in the pour(...)

Most of the material collected in The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien is not, in any sense, new. But for many readers, familiar only with his novels an(...)

‘Flann O’Brien was reportedly tickled to discover that his hoax had got as far as the James Joyce Yearbook, though he had no idea how this had happened.’
An alleged hoax
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In a recent Irishman’s Diary Frank McNally wrote about Brian O’Nolan’s (Flann O’Brien’s) role as secretary of the commission which produced a n(...)

Artist Micheál Ó Nualláin at his home on Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Why should it matter who lived in a house before you? If memories and atmospheres are as easy to clear out as carpets, curtains and light fitti(...)