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(...)

Pushing for change: Catalonia’s independence movement, like Ireland’s, sprang from a cultural renaissance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

A notable feature of life in Barcelona for an outsider is the pervasiveness of Catalan. In bars, at bus stops and everywhere else you hear this strang(...)

  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

We live in a country that is already translated, as the road signs keep reminding us. Every new place throws a mock-historical shadow. Coill na Silíní(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: may have been relying on Standing Orders to rule out Dáil debate on Garda malpractice. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sub judice, meaning “under judicial consideration”, is a conversation-stopper. At times its deployment in political debate is a convenient way to shut(...)

Saoirse Ronan stars as the young protagonist in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn”, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel about a woman torn between rural Ireland and a New York borough.

John Crowley’s Brooklyn, an adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s popular novel concerning a woman torn between rural Ireland and the titular New York borough, (...)

Jane Lythell: ‘Reading has been such an important part of my life since I was a child and books have formed who I am.’

Jane Lythell lives in Brighton. She was a producer at TV-am and commissioning editor at Westcountry Television, before leaving to become deputy direct(...)

At the Irish Film Board  announcement of its schedule and priorities for 2015 were (from left) actor Sarah Greene, actor Tara Lee, James Hickey, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, and actor and screenwriter Amy Huberman. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A tale of love and music in the Dublin inner-city of the 1980s, a literary adaptation about 1950s emigration from rural Ireland, and the contemporary(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? Michael Longley’s beautifully fragile evocation of life, death, nature and memory in The Stairwell.(...)

Colm Tóibín  won the 2009 Costa Book Award for  Brooklyn and has been shortlisted again for his latest novel, Nora Webster. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Colm Tóibín, first-time novelist Mary Costello and poet Colette Bryce have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2014, the only major prize re(...)