About five minutes before the final credits, Jesse Moss’s award-winning documentary hits us with the narrative twist of the year: it’s a doozy of a(...)

 Conor Brady on writing The Guarding of Ireland – the Garda Síochána and the Irish State 1960 – 2014: “A big task to research everything that happened over half a century with very few papers available”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

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The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka (1915) Gregor Samsa’s unusual transformation from human to giant bug didn’t go down well with the Fascists and was ba(...)

Phil Hogan is, physically, what a sports coach would describe as a ‘big unit’. He stands nearly six and half feet tall and this has contributed to the(...)

Actor Chris O’Dowd arrives for the American Theatre Wing’s 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, last night.

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd lost to Bryan Cranston for best actor as LBJ in All The Way at the 68th annual Tony Awards last night. O’Dowd, from Boyle, Co(...)

‘Seamus Heaney suggested that if the American national myth is the frontier, the Irish national myth is the bog.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Through such writers as Beckett, Shaw and Wilde, Irish literature cannot be accused of ignoring philosophy, but very often it features as the butt (...)

Chris O’Dowd received the nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his performance in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” opposite Hollywood star James Franco.

Irish actors Chris O’Dowd and Sarah Greene have been nominated for Tony Awards, Broadway’s answer to the Oscars. O’Dowd, from Boyle, Co R(...)

A selection of the shopfronts from Dublin Shops: Photographs by Paul Tierney

‘He passed, dallying, the windows of Brown Thomas, silk mercers. Cascades of ribbons. Flimsy China silks,” wrote James Joyce in (...)

Willy Vlautin: “I just wrote for myself, as a way of keeping my head straight.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a natural goodness about the American writer Willy Vlautin. In this era of superhype, in which many authors appear wary, impatient or (...)

Beware the wise words of others

Last week I got an email from a young reader asking me to pass on the wisest piece of advice that I had ever been given. I thought for a (...)