Vanessa Mac Innes and Marcus Mac Innes owners of Industry shop and cafe. Photograph: Sara Freund

The judges were divided when it came to choosing between shops selling mostly gifts and crafts and those with a wider interiors offering. It wa(...)

As with Kafka, what gives the fable its power is a combination of a religio-comic vision that sees seeking as spiritually essential but laughably futile and a fastidious style that enhances the comedy by deadpan delivery, the craziness by matter-of-fact logic and both by ridiculously prosaic detail

Everything about The Third Policeman is mysterious, beginning with its belated publication. Flann O’Brien wrote it in 1939, immediately after At Sw(...)

Walk under the weeping willows alongside the Grand Canal while making your way from Percy Place to see the swans in Portobello. It could bring out (...)

Harry Rowohlt: translated Flann O’Brien and James Joyce into German. Photograph. Photograph: Arno Burgi/EPA

With the death aged 70 of Harry Rowohlt, Ireland has lost one of its greatest ambassadors in Germany. With a striking appearance that channelled all (...)

Paul Murphy: “Minister Kelly is swaggering around the place like Nelson from The Simpsons, threatening to rob people’s lunch money.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Shades of the Dublin South West byelection in the Dáil yesterday when Sinn Féin raced into what looked like an unassailable lead, only for the Anti Au(...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Jennifer Walshe: seems to feel like a musical foundling who arrived in the world with enthusiasms that don’t fit with the culture around her. Photograph: Eugene Langan, copyright Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

In the early 20th century composer Johnny O’Connor-Murphy wrote an opera titled The Hound of the Baskervilles in Ballydehob. It has been described (...)

David Butler’s latest novel City of Dis is published by New Island.

David Butler is the author of three novels: The Last European (Wynkin de Worde 2005); The Judas Kiss (New Island 2012); City of Dis (New Island 2014);(...)

 Hozier, whose Take Me to Church was the most played song last year in Ireland

It has felt easy, in these uneasy days, to stand in solidarity with freedom of expression, particularly the right to criticise religion, and still fee(...)

At times the Ireland of 1984 seemed to resemble something from a Flann O’Brien novel. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nineteen Eighty-Four conjures up a world of Big Brother, thoughtcrime and doublethink. George Orwell’s novel, completed in 1948, imagines the triumph(...)