Tipperary-born Donal Ryan was one of 12 writers awarded the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair for his novel, The Spinning Heart. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s literary and cultural achievements were recognised by two separate EU bodies in London and The Hague on Tuesday as writer Donal Ryan and the(...)

The Costello family - L-R: Pat (6), Mary, Gerard,  Tadgh (8), Kate (7) and Grace (4) leaving the High Court on Friday  after Tadgh was awarded €2.8 million interim payment and received an apology from the HSE for injuries caused during his birth in 2006.Photograph: Courts Collins.

A brain-damaged boy has received an interim payment of €2.8 million and an apology from the HSE under a settlement of his High Court action over in(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

Colm Tóibín  won the 2009 Costa Book Award for  Brooklyn and has been shortlisted again for his latest novel, Nora Webster. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Colm Tóibín, first-time novelist Mary Costello and poet Colette Bryce have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2014, the only major prize re(...)

Mary Costello: the insights of her narrator delve deep into the human condition and  the bittersweet beauty of life.

Mary Costello’s first short-story collection, The China Factory, from 2012, marked her out as a fresh voice in Irish fiction, unafraid of difficult th(...)

Mary Costello: her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate today

Mary Costello has double cause to celebrate today as on the same day that her debut novel, Academy Street, is published by Canongate, it has just b(...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

Our final week of How to Write a Book deals with what to some is the best part (completing a work, having it edit ready) or the worst (showing it t(...)

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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)

Oona Frawley: nascent potential

In the past two years Irish writing has become a crowded, vibrant place. Stalwarts jostle for elbowroom alongside new voices, and these names –(...)

Colin Barrett: bends language to expose new angles

In a Dublin cafe, a few minutes into an interview with Colin Barrett, he does that thing all storytellers do without realising: he imparts an innocuou(...)