Read hot: summer reading at Bull Wall, Dollymount. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1 Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (Vintage, £11.99) We tend to think children will resemble(...)

Jojo Moyes, Sam Lipstye, Lia Mills, and John Connolly

For writers, plot is one of the most divisive components of a novel or short story. Some hew to the idea of a tightly plotted story, others believe t(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

Nuala O’Rahilly Price and John Connolly, grandson of James Connolly, with members of the Save No.16 Committee and Moore Street Traders Assoc. at the launch a new website and virtual audiovisual tour of a proposed Commemorative Centre and Museum, for the 2016 commemorations of the Rising, and the preservation of 16 Moore St. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Variations to the planned development of Dublin’s Moore Street received a mixed reception yesterday from campaigners to have some, if not all, of the (...)

The Connaught Telegraph has gone into voluntary liquidation

  One of the last family-owned newspapers in Ireland, the Connaught Telegraph, has gone into voluntary liquidation. The weekly Cast(...)

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Dan Neville TD  announcing plans to address the issue of mental illness. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

We are sadly familiar with the phenomenon by now. People who seem to have everything going for them suddenly turn around and bring their lives to an e(...)

Customarily laconic: Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

Recently retired, the former Inspector Rebus returns to the ranks of the Edinburgh police in Ian Rankin’s Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, €20.50), (...)

Michael Connelly. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images

Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “(...)

Former mob boss and fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, once a legend now a shrinking man of 84.

Besides being a convicted murderer, James “Whitey” Bulger is an avowed racist and misogynist, pontificating on how the races should not mix and how w(...)

James “Whitey” Bulger (front, R) listens to the verdict in his murder and racketeering trial as seen in this courtroom drawing in Boston yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

James “Whitey” Bulger, once the most-wanted gangster in America, protected by the premier law enforcement agency in America, was convicted of racketee(...)