Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: Paris’s motto – Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk – on the Eiffel Tower. Photograph: Reuters

In a week that has belonged to the events of Paris, there is often guilt in a radio presenter’s voice when a programme shifts to a lesser item. This m(...)

Author Louise O’Neill is one of the key writers driving this new wave of issue-centred books. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Some of the best-known figures of the literary world will gather this weekend at Smock Alley Theatre, in Dublin, for DeptCon1, a conference that ce(...)

Maeve Higgins

‘I have this feeling that I missed the day in school where they explained how to live your life.” Maeve Higgins is on the phone talking about her n(...)

Brendan Gleeson: beat Oscar contenders Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall to the prize of best actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Brendan Gleeson and Andrew Scott, Irish performers of different generations, have taken the two male acting prizes at the Moët British Independent Fil(...)

Calvary has been nominated for best film at the Moet British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). Director John Michael McDonagh, who sparked a cont(...)

In January 1998, Ian Paisley announced that he was exiling himself from the Good Friday Agreement peace talks and would instead travel to Cameroon to (...)

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(...)

The last time I spoke with Lenny Abrahamson, he had to explain why he took so long with his work. Adam & Paul, his era-defining study of two wande(...)

Michael Fassbender at the Irish film premiere of Frank at Lighthouse in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire 1:55

Patrick Freyne Frank, a musical adventure story by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and featuring movie star (...)

Jon Ronson: tries to break down the hierarchy between interviewer and interviewees. Photograph: David Sleator

In the 1990s, the writer and television presenter Jon Ronson felt a furious rivalry with fellow bespectacled documentarian of the strange, Louis Th(...)