Maeve Brennan: Twinkling madness and the unsettling feeling of normality

She was rumoured to have spent her last days living in the ladies’ loo of the New Yorker. The first time I visited the magazine, in 1999, I went in(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

We live in a country that is already translated, as the road signs keep reminding us. Every new place throws a mock-historical shadow. Coill na Silíní(...)

Dún Laoghaire and its new library will be hosting this weekend’s Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival. Photograph:  Eric Luke

The Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival set the tone for the four-day event at its launch on August 27th, with controversial British novelist Martin Am(...)

Jane Casey: “I’d love to write something about London during the second World War. That sense of constant threat, the backdrop of the blackout and broken buildings, the breakdown of social barriers, the now-or-never frantic feel to human relations, the casual heroism – all potent stuff for a novelist”

Born and brought up in Dublin, Jane Casey has been twice shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Kill, the fifth novel featuri(...)

Back behind the mic: John Murray in the studio on Monday. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

In a contemporary Ireland where nothing is certain except debt and taxes, Today With Sean O’Rourke (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) should be essential listeni(...)

Journalist and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show

The Book Show, RTÉ Radio 1’s new, er, show about books and the “world of writing”, turns its first page this Saturday evening, with a celebration of M(...)

Patrick Pearse was 36 when a British firing squad executed him in Dublin on May 3rd, 1916. David Thornley was the same age in 1971, when he wrote abou(...)

Marking the line-up announcement for the 2013 Dublin Theatre Festival on Grafton Street today were festival director Willie White and actors Daragh Kelly, Camille O’Sullivan (left) and Aoibhinn McGinnity. The festival which runs from September 26th to October 13th. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A new play by Frank McGuinness, a fresh translation of The Threepenny Opera, and a new production of Waiting for Godot are among the works unveiled fo(...)