Michael Connelly: wears his Raymond Chandler influences lightly. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty

The shot was fired a decade ago, but Orlando Merced, a mariachi band member, has only now succumbed, which means Harry Bosch has a very unusual open-u(...)

Sharon Black: “I am grateful for the advent of digital publishing. Without it, my debut novel might be gathering dust

Maybe it was JK Rowling’s stratospheric Rich List ranking, or Marian Keyes selling 20 million copies. Whatever it was, something made me wish I could (...)

Matt Giteau was voted best player in France last season as Toulon won the Top 14 and Heineken Cup double. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/ AFP/Getty Images

As the cards fell badly this week for Paddy Jackson and his international career, the arrival of Toulon and Matt Giteau to Belfast seems freighted wit(...)

Sun worshipper: August Engelhardt, founder of the Cocovore community

‘There’s this true story about when Oliver North came to Ireland,” says Adrian McKinty. “It’s a crackpot idea, but he gets himself an Irish passport a(...)

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(...)