Last week, I mentioned my brother, aka Somatic Sibling, was over on his annual Dublin stopover. His work takes him across the world but once a year(...)

The doors and basements of Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Downstairs Dublin on Culture Night
  • People
  • September 12, 2015, 11:45

Next Friday night is Culture Night, and here at the Magazine we are doing our bit to bring the capital alive, with some help from our friends in Th(...)

‘Migrants  and refugees board a train after they cross  the border between Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija.’  Photograph: EPA/NAKE BATEV

Once in a while, Seamus Heaney tells us, something can “catch the heart off guard and blow it open”. This time it was a picture of Aylan Kurdi, a well(...)

Peak anger: protesting against water charges, Mrs Brown style, in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

March 6th, 2011, marks the point when Diarmuid O’Flynn, after months of emailing politicians about the injustice of bailing out bondholders, finally g(...)

‘That German banks wrecked the Irish economy is one of the most persistent legends of the crisis. German bankers lent recklessly to the innocent Irish and then sent in Angela Merkel, the Austerity Queen, to get back their bad investments.’  Photograph:  EPA/Wolfgang Kumm

At a friend’s dinner table in Berlin recently I sat opposite a woman visiting from Ireland who had an important announcement to make. She said how, on(...)

John Banville, Eavan Boland (pictured above) and John Montague are among the line-up for a Yeats 150th anniversary event at the National Concert Hall next month.

Rebellion at Stinging Fly The deadline for submissions to The Stinging Fly February 2016 issue is this Friday, August 14th. In the Wake of the (...)

Playwright Brian Friel  with a portrait of himself by artist Mick O’Dea, which was unveiled  in 2010 as part of the National Portrait Collection in the National Gallery Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Playwright Brian Friel, described by former US president Bill Clinton “as an Irish treasure for the entire world”, will be honoured next month in a (...)

Tommy Tiernan, who was perfectly paired with Kevin Barry. Photograph: Nuala Grogan

With a line-up that includes interviews with an array of acclaimed authors, and workshops on publishing and the craft of the short story, there is (...)

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(...)

Elizabeth Bowen: “The disruptions of the war, oddly, gave Bowen a sense of common purpose, making the deep uncertainties of her own identity merely part of the common human condition”

Perhaps the strongest story in this landmark collection, The Happy Autumn Fields, opens with an evocation of an idyllic 19th-century, Anglo-Irish, lan(...)