People who are not from Galway sometimes argue that its folk spend too much time parading in huge papier mâché heads. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

How’s about you? Here’s a true story (some details of which have been tweaked). Two weeks ago, I was in Connolly Station waiting for a train to Occupi(...)

Kate Kerrigan at home in Killala, Co Mayo, with her editor Rosie de Courcy, right,  who also edited Maeve Binchy: “Darling,” she kept saying. “I went through exactly this process with Maeve on Circle of Friends.”

‘Do you know – this is the very spot where I first met Maeve?’ I don’t know quite what I was expecting from Rosie de Courcy, the London editor who fir(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Maeve Binchy, flanked by the actresses Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (left) and Minnie Driver, at the Irish premiere of the film ‘Circle of Friends’, based on her novel of the same name, in the Savoy Cinema, Dublin, on May 10, 1995. Photograph: Paddy Whelan / THE IRISH TIMES . . .

When we have “ahhhh” pictures in this column, they often feature cute furry animals, small children – or some improbable combination of both. Few of (...)

Portland Bill Lighthouse harbour stormy sea getty images

Let’s get the embarrassing admission out of the way: when I first heard that the inaugural Maeve Binchy Travel Award was open for submissions my in(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke with Áine Lawlor and Finbar Furey at the Mansion House Dublin. Lawlor and Furey were recipients of the Lord Mayor’s Awards 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcaster Áine Lawlor and folk and traditional musician Finbar Furey are among the recipients of the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Awards for their contributio(...)

Geraldine Kennedy, former editor of The Irish Times, will  present with the Mary Cummins Award at the Women in Media event. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

The third Women in Media conference is this year inviting men to discuss the common challenges and issues that they both face working in the media and(...)

“Donal’s babes”: the Irish Times journalists Maeve Donelan, Nell McCafferty, Mary Maher, Geraldine Kennedy, Renagh Holohan, Gabrielle Williams, Christina Murphy, Mary Cummins and Caroline Walsh. Photograph: The Irish Times

Twentieth-century modernity The “Aeolus” episode of James Joyce’s epic of Dublin life, Ulysses, is set in the office of the Freeman’s Journal (and Ev(...)

Maeve Binchy at the National Gallery of Ireland beside her  portrait  by Maeve McCarthy: “Her novels sold in their millions but before them came her journalism, columns that transported the reader to the front row of a royal wedding, gently explained the reality of mental illness or captured with bitter simplicity the silence of a couple who had run out of things to say. Colour writing at its finest. Light and shade.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Strangers become sisters. A son disappoints his father. A young woman sits, mortified yet dignified as her husband drinks his way through their wed(...)

Brendan O’Carroll pictured with Eva Crean, Stepaside Dublin (right) and Ella Hannon Moss, Mountmellick, Co Laois, at a press conference on Moore Street, Dublin on Monday, announcing him as St Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal for 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Brendan O’Carroll of Mrs Brown’s Boys fame has been named as the St Patrick’s Day 2015 grand marshal, capping off a successful year for the actor and (...)