Joe Duffy:  Liveline host  joins the summer exodus of top presenters at RTÉ leaving Damien O’Reilly to hold the fort.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Write what you know,” said, eh, Eleanor Roosevelt? Einstein? Someone, anyway. A lack of attention to detail is not only effective as the openi(...)

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 (...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

U2 perform in Vancouver at the beginning of their new world tour.

Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness has said the band erred in giving away its last album to all iTunes subscribers whether they wanted it or not. Mr M(...)

Architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens’ most famous unbuilt work in Ireland was his proposal to replace the Ha’penny Bridge with an art gallery for the Hugh Lane collection in 1912

If Edwin Landseer Lutyens had had his way, the Ha’penny bridge wouldn’t exist. When Sir Hugh Lane, who died 100 years ago this year on board the Lu(...)

Shambaugh House, where many International Writing Programme events take place. Photograph courtesy IWP

There’s a lot of idle chatter about writers and their terror of the blank page, but for many of us the real enemy is too much clutter. How can (...)

U2 guitarist The Edge (David Evans) with his son, Levi

"Two summers ago, Bono spoke to me about drawings he had made of his father. He asked if they could be used to raise money for the Irish Hospice Fo(...)

Frank Golden: ‘Novels are necessarily reflective of their times. We live, as we have always lived in violent times.’

Frank Golden is a poet, novelist and visual artist living in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare. His latest novel The Night Game has just been published by Salmon(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

 Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin maintained  that “people who have children are not necessarily parents” and “perhaps in some cases people are gay because of contexts”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Towards the end of his long reign as Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, from 1940 to 1972, John Charles McQuaid became increasingly shrill in his interven(...)