‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

Gary Lydon, Peter Campion, Rosa Mikela and David Mc Savage in Decadent’s production of The Pillowman by Martin Mc Donagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A few years ago, the director Andrew Flynn got into his car and hit the road. His Galway-based company had been staging productions at the Town Hal(...)

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(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

Triumphant: Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As Irish radio personalities enjoy some post-Christmas downtime and look back on 2014, one presenter in particular might enjoy dusting off a copy of A(...)

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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Writer Roddy Doyle and Roy Keane pose for photographs at the Aviva Stadium with their book, Roy Keane The Second Half. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Roy Keane’s second autobiography has lived up to its publisher’s great expectations, selling 10,742 copies in Irish bookstores in the first three days(...)

Donald Clarke with Music on Clinton Street: ‘It’s an underrated novel that engages with many obsessions found in McCabe’s later work.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

We gave five treasure hunters €100 each and sent them off to bag bargains. At the end of the series, James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers will va(...)

Reflected glory: the Ha’penny Bridge. Photograph: William Asanome/Getty

When such a scholarly, encyclopaedic exploration of our capital city as this highly readable new study by David Dickson is published, one benedictiont(...)

Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry, and Ross Raisin. Photographs: Cyril Byrne, Matt Kavanagh, Angus Muir

Asking someone to name their favourite author or book is one of those cruel, impossible-to- choose questions. For some, picking a literary characte(...)