Matthew Sweeney

Matthew Sweeney’s Inquisition Lane (Bloodaxe, £9.95) offers more of the skewed fables for which he is best known, but it also reads as a tra(...)

George Hook: don’t expect him to cede his berth in the name of politically correct poppycock any time soon. Photograph: Eric Luke

In a week that sees the publication of a report highlighting the scarcity of female voices on radio, it’s good to hear George Hook step up to the plat(...)

 British soldiers eating hot rations in the Ancre Valley during the Battle of the Somme, October 1916. Photograph: Lt E Brooks/IWM via Getty Images

A performance of Frank McGuinness’s play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme will be performed on the site of the Battle of the Somm(...)

Joe Duffy:  Liveline host  joins the summer exodus of top presenters at RTÉ leaving Damien O’Reilly to hold the fort.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Write what you know,” said, eh, Eleanor Roosevelt? Einstein? Someone, anyway. A lack of attention to detail is not only effective as the openi(...)

This poem was commissioned by Dublin City Council to mark the 300th anniversary of the purchase of the Mansion House as official residence of the L(...)

 ‘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(...)