Photograph: Jimmy Fullam

‘There is in the short story at its most characteristic, something we don’t often find in the novel, an intense awareness of human loneliness.” The bi(...)

Slice of the Apple: U2 with Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, in California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

As is sometimes the way when Joe Duffy thinks listeners require some relief from accounts of societal chaos, Wednesday’s edition of Liveline (RTÉ R(...)

Contenders?: Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Donal Ryan (top row); and Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Jennifer Johnston (bottom row)

Writers’ incomes made headlines this summer. When the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, a UK organisation that gathers and distributes roy(...)

Seán Reynolds, who runs the Mountjoy Prison Museum. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien 3:52

It is the most chilling room you will ever stand in. The Hang Room – or execution room – at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin was last used in 1954, but it re(...)

A slowdown in the exploration and mining market, particularly in the EMEA region, hurt engineering company Mincon in the first six months of the year.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Revenues at Irish engineering group Mincon fell by 15 per cent to €23 million in the six months to June 30th 2014, due to weakness in the global explo(...)

Author Liz Nugent. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Liz Nugent has spent most of her working life in broadcasting and has written for TV and Radio. Her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, published this(...)

Gabriel Fitzmaurice: his ballads double as, or include, tales and jokes and self-reflective meditations

The Dublin poet Valentin Iremonger (1920-92) first published his poems in a provocatively titled 1944 anthology, On the Barricades. As The Poems of Va(...)

Radio Nova: outstanding music royalties now stood at €46,877.82, court told.

Radio Nova has been billed for almost €47,000 for alleged non-payment of music royalties, the Circuit Civil Court was told yesterday.The radio station(...)

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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)

Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)