Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

File photograph of the late Christine Buckley,  co-founder of the Aislinn centre for survivors of institutional abuse. The organisation held a pampering day to mark to sixth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan report. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The sixth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan report has been marked by “a pampering day” at Dublin’s Aislinn centre. Founded by the late Chris(...)

  Christine Buckley giving her response to the publication of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse report in 2009. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Christine Buckley, who died on March 11th last, came from obscure origins.She was, in the harsh language of the day, illegitimate, half caste and aban(...)

The Sacred Heart Home opened in Bessborough, Co Cork, in 1922, managed by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.  Cormac O’Tuama,  looks at teddies and flowers placed outside the gates of Bessborough during a memorial service on Sunday. Photograph: Provision

Until recent decades, the landscape was dotted with institutions where unmarried women were consigned to give birth in conditions of shame, secrecy an(...)

Pauline Hutton, Emma O’Kane, Eleanor Methven, Bernadette Brown and Amy Molloy, the cast of Prime Cut’s Chilean Trilogy

In a country emerging from years of conflict and political unrest, a fledgling peace and reconciliation process has started asking awkward question(...)

Anakana Schofield: Every book I read seems to change the way I think about fiction. Sometimes they drive me to despair by indicating how much more we need to demand from our fiction and other times they send me into orbit with the possibilities they reveal

Anakana Schofield is the author of the award-winng debut novel, Malarky, which is out now in paperback, a funny and moving tale of sexual shenaniga(...)

 Christine Buckley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Hello darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again . . .” You’ve been on my mind for four weeks now, like “a vision softly(...)

One of the most significant documentaries ever broadcast on Irish television, Louis Lentin’s Dear Daughter (...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

Those who insist that history is about movements not individuals might reflect on the achievements of Christine Buckley. Her story is hi(...)