Morgan Cooke and Ionia Ní Chróinín

Star of the Sea An Taibhdhearc, Galway ****   Joseph O’Connor’s 2004 novel doesn’t exactly beg for the stage. It’s a beautifu(...)

Ballyturk, playwright Enda Walsh’s latest collaboration with actors Cillian Murphy (above), Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, has been sold out for weeks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:30

Acrobatics as a flight of fantasy and mythology as a map of the human psyche are themes of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival which open(...)

Jo Baker: ‘If you haven’t got a story to hang your information on, no amount of research is going to make a novel sing’

There is a cliche when it comes to writing: if in doubt, leave it out. Or, when it comes to fiction: just do some proper research. Providing an inf(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Although he has lived in London for 20 years, and hasn’t set foot in his homeland for almost as long – “for all sorts of complicated reasons,” he says(...)

Wexford’sJack Guiney: landed nine points, six from frees against Offaly in a in a one-sided Leinster under-21 hurling semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford 2-7 Offaly 0-13 Wexford cruised to the most comfortable of victories over a poor Offaly outfit in this one-sided Leinster Under-21 hu(...)

Winner: Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, which took nine years to find(...)

Eimear McBride: depicts in her own singular language a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The prize was announced as(...)

Street spectacle show “Dragonus” by Compagnie Malabar from France will take to the streets of Galway with a monumental moving dragon   during Galway International Arts Festival

A dragon, aliens and a giant red ball will be used to launch Galway’s annual invasion of culture in July. The Galway International Arts Festival has (...)

Ray Davies with author Joseph O’Connor at the National Concert Hall last night as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.

The Kinks front man Ray Davies said his best songs wrote him rather than the other way round. Davies spoke about his new book Americana last night at (...)