David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

LT Meade’s A World of Girls, which sold an impressive 37,000 copies, had a huge influence on girls’ school stories of the twentieth century by the likes of Enid Blyton

Imagine if JK Rowling’s name rang no bells in people’s minds 100 years from now. Rowling: so ubiquitous, influential and popular – the thought seems a(...)

Philip Irwin, president of ASTI; and Jeanne Barrett, chairwoman of CSPE teachers’ association

The civic-mindedness of secondary schools is being put to the test by the decision to reduce Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) into a sh(...)

Trevor White, director The Little Museum of Dublin, with Liam Kavanagh, managing director ‘The Irish Times’ and Kevin O’Sullivan, editor, ‘The Irish Times’, at the official launch of The Editor’s Room in the Little Museum of Dublin at 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 3:35

A little history of The Irish Times has gone on display at the Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green. The Editor’s Room is a re-creation of th(...)

A priest leaves the priesthood to be with the woman he loves. Actors Sheila McWade and Gerard Byrne on Fair City in 2001. Photograph: RTE

Fair City has never been afraid to tackle controversial topics through the years, bringing us Ireland’s first on screen gay kiss, a priest falling in (...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen
10 great books by Irish women
  • Books
  • August 19, 2014, 17:30

  The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’(...)

Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis (1954) A reluctant professor of medieval history in an 1950s English university, Jim Dixon rebels against the pretensio(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

Beloved: Maeve Binchy with her husband, Gordon Snell, in 1991. Photograph: Ian Cook/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Anyone familiar with her wonderful journalism will know why the late Maeve Binchy and the short story were a perfect match. In her work for thi(...)

The Young One by Jack B Yeats,  estimated at €20,000-€30,000, in Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish Art sale

A watercolour by Jack B Yeats, titled The Young One and estimated at €20,000-€30,000, makes(...)