Christmas for me usually starts . . . quite late – I’m a bit of a procrastinator! My husband is more organised and takes care of anything that need(...)

Declan Maher had worked for AIB for 28 years up to the time of his dismissal in 2011.

A bank manager who breached the trust of AIB and was fired, has won his case for unfair dismissal and has been awarded €25,000.The action of Declan Ma(...)

Louis de Paor: A modernity of tone and subject comes across in the translations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Louis de Paor edited Innti, the nursery of new Irish poetry, at University College Cork in the 1980s, after which he spent time in Australia before re(...)

Jocelyn Lee ‘Hoppy’ Hardy, a lieutenant in the Connaught Rangers, made numerous attempts to escape German prison camps before finally succeeding. (Courtesy, National Library of Ireland)
Hardy: the great escaper

In the recently aired episode about comedian Brendan O’Carroll on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, much of the focus was a whodunit exposition on the (...)

John Banville tackles perhaps the gallery’s most famous piece, Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (1602). His meticulous, erudite account somehow makes us see an overly familiar masterpiece anew.

In 1944 George Bernard Shaw wrote from England to Thomas Bodkin, a former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, to ask whether the institution (...)

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(...)