David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

Michael O’Brien: ‘We decided to create a new literature for Irish children that didn’t exist. The area was dominated by the British, to the extent that they were reinventing Irish culture with very corny Oirish things, while Irish writers, in order to get published, were becoming Anglophile.’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

It’s a publishing house that has pushed boundaries and set new standards in the Irish book world for 40 years, but O’Brien Press was founded in sur(...)

Fighting Words: Roddy Doyle’s writing venture for the young will get proceeds from the compendium Beyond the Stars: Twelve Tales of Adventure, Magic and Wonder (HarperCollins, £12.99), compiled by Sarah Webb

There is a moment in David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey (Hodder, £12.99) when Claire, the novel’s narrator, describes how she and her classmates regu(...)

Sarah Webb, Roddy Doyle, Emma Brade and Niamh Sharkey at the launch of Beyond the Stars
The story behind Beyond the Stars
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  • October 14, 2014, 01:16

Beyond the Stars is unique. It’s a collection of 12 short stories for children, written by some of the most acclaimed Irish children’s writers – curre(...)

Eoin Colfer: “My priority as Laureate na nÓg is to bring stories to children all over Ireland, particularly those in remote areas that might not normally receive visits from writers, so where better to start than in that magical place, the Hook?” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Laureate na nÓg Eoin Colfer will launch Once Upon A Place, a nationwide tour of storytelling, this Friday, October 10th, on the Hook Peninsula, Co Wex(...)

Review: The Belle Bottoms

The Belle BottomsSmock Alley**For a fun night out, there’s nothing like a zingy musical comedy. And, alas, that’s the problem with The Belle Bottoms: (...)

Dún Laoghaire and its new library will be hosting this weekend’s Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. Photograph:  Eric Luke

The Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival set the tone for the four-day event at its launch on August 27th, with controversial British novelist Martin Am(...)

Léan, almost four years old, with her grandmother Eilís Dillon (right) and her aunt Máire, in 1978

This week I’m remembering my grandmother Eilís Dillon, who died 20 years ago, on July 19th. An author of novels, plays and essays, she is best know(...)

Eircom is expected to take a dual listing in Dublin and London, with the bulk of the proceeds of the flotation used to reduce its €2.3 billion debt pile. Photograph: Frank Miller

Eircom is finalising plans to raise €1 billion in a September stock market listing that will value the operator at more than €3 billion. The telco,(...)

Students from Rutland National School, Dublin with Eoin Colfer, the new Laureate na Óg, who who will give his first public address as part of the conference. Photograph: maxwells

Probably the most significant event for adults interested in children’s books in the country, the 24th Children’s Books Ireland annual conference o(...)