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(...)

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 Mallin, who was executed, and Countess Markievicz being escorted away by government troops. Photograph: Courtesy of National Museum of Ireland

The only eyewitness account of the burials of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising has been made public for the first time. Fiftee(...)

Inmates and invited guests listen to Fiach Mac Conghail, director of The Abbey, Brenda Fitzpatrick, head teacher and governor, Colm Barclay, at Wheatfield introduce the Abbey Theatre’s performance of 
The Risen People

by James Plunkett adapted by Jimmy Fay, last night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Great Dublin Lock-out became temporarily locked-in last night when, on an occasion that was historic in more ways than one, the Abbey Theatre pres(...)

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(...)

Pianist Conor Linehan, director Jimmy Fay and choreographer Colin Dunne take a fresh look at the 1913 Lockout in a new production at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s easy to be sentimental – or cynical – about such concepts as solidarity and brotherhood. It’s not so easy to bring them to life. The Abbey Theatr(...)

The history of the Irish revolutionary period, 1913-23, has been well served this year; highlights include Charles Townshend’s The Republic: The Fi(...)

Mary Beckett’s reputation as one of contemporary Ireland’s finest writers rests on two collections of short stories, A Belfast Woman and A Literary Wo(...)

A new collection of poetry, songs and ballads exploring Dublin life from colonialism to the present day has been chosen as the 2014 Dublin: One City O(...)

Thousands lined O’Connell Street this afternoon to commemorate the 1913 Lockout in which an estimated 20,000 workers and 300 employers were invloved. (...)