Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

Nadine Dorries in full flow in the House of Commons

Imagine Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes with a Scouse accent and you might be close to understanding Conservative MP Nadine Dorries’s story of life (...)

  Joseph O’Connor: appointed to Frank McCourt chair in creative writing

Bestselling author Joseph O’Connor has been announced as the inaugural Frank McCourt chair in creative writin(...)

The life of Margaret Patricia (Patsy) Harrold, who has died aged 83, very much mirrored the writings of her fellow Limerick natives Frank McCourt and (...)

Robert Nicholson has been curatorof Dublin Writers Museum since it opened in 1991, a role that involves checking tickets, manning the reception desk, checking the environmental controls and planning new exhibitions. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dublin Writers Museum on Parnell Square was opened in 1991 by the then taoiseach, Charles Haughey. Robert Nicholson has occupied the role of curat(...)

Tom Hanks with the Irish Rep’s co-founders Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly

In the words of Brian Friel, this is a sacred place. It is not a church, and was once a warehouse, but the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York has a f(...)

Louis Lovett in 
The House That Jack Filled

A friend of mine, early 20s, decided to get a tattoo for a recent birthday. What was it, I wondered, before the big reveal – a bird, a plane, a Chines(...)