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(...)