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

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck. A disturbingly subversive book for an adolescent schoolboy(...)

 Historian  Roy Foster and actress Fiona Shaw at the National Library for a Yeats celebration. Foster spent 18 years researching his WB Yeats biography. Photograph: Alan Betson

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Patricia Lynch’s The Grey Goose of Kilnevin. What was your favourite book as a child?(...)

Frank ryan shown with Spanish anti-fascists in burgos death jail. Photograph: TG4

A small group of Limerick men who fought against Franco and fascism in the Spanish Civil War are to be honoured in their native city next weekend with(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen
10 great books by Irish women
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  The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’(...)

Senator Kennedy at All Hallows College in Dublin in September 1955 with Fr Leonard (left) and All Hallows president Fr William Purcell

If the letters sent by Jackie Kennedy to Dublin priest Fr Joseph Leonard are confessional in nature, the letters he sent her confirm their close frie(...)

Majestic scenery, cute hoors and Gaelic Football; three of the most difficult things to avoid whilst galavanting through the Kingdom of Kerry. (...)

The life of Margaret Patricia (Patsy) Harrold, who has died aged 83, very much mirrored the writings of her fellow Limerick natives Frank McCourt and (...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

The most striking aspect of Edna O’Brien’s short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity. This wri(...)

James Joyce: UCD’s properties on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, are to house a major centre principally devoted to the writer under plans put out to tender by the university.

UCD’s properties on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, are to house a major centre principally devoted to James Joyce under plans put out to tender by the un(...)

At the unveiling in Nice of a plaque commemorating James Joyce: Ambassador Paul Kavanagh, John Montague, Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and Bono

On Tuesday, unveiling a plaque commemorating James Joyce in Nice, the estimable John Montague said something at once obvious and striking. Joyce, he s(...)