Jennifer Johnston: Betrayal, hatred and the first World War have been major themes in her work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jennifer Johnston is canny; her laconic narrators reveal her sophisticated grasp of the many faces of Irishness. Precision tempers her theatrical inst(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

We live in a country that is already translated, as the road signs keep reminding us. Every new place throws a mock-historical shadow. Coill na Silíní(...)

Illustration: Thinkstock

Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Contenders?: Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Donal Ryan (top row); and Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Jennifer Johnston (bottom row)

Writers’ incomes made headlines this summer. When the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, a UK organisation that gathers and distributes roy(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen
10 great books by Irish women
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  The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’(...)

Re-enactor Stephen O’Leary from Fermoy, Co Cork, at the launch of the ‘Lives Remembered’ exhibition   at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin yesterday.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The Tree of Remembrance in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin was described last night as much more than a memorial to those who had fallen in the fir(...)

Andrew Smith,  education officer, at the  Tree of Remembrance in St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photograph: Alan Betson 1:39

It has yet to be unveiled officially and there has been little or no publicity about it, but already the newly installed Tree of Remembrance inside St(...)

Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

Many tributes have been paid to writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night. President Michael(...)

World Cup Supporters’ Club: John Murray

We are, one might have noticed, in the midst of a mania that grips otherwise sensible individuals once every four years, when sound judgment is rep(...)

Author Salman Rushdie, who was guest speaker at this year’s Dalkey Book Festival, at Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey yesterday. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

“That was really deep,” a member of the audience said, emerging into the blazing sunshine after a discussion between literary heavyweights Amos Oz (...)