What is it that makes some streets special and others, maybe just a block away, less so? Is it that the houses are particularly fine and set on(...)

Anne McCabe, artistic director of An Taibhdhearc theatre in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Spring and Anne McCabe work well together. The new artistic director of An Taibhdhearc, the national Irish-language theatre, has spent much of (...)

The ESB offices, viewed  from Baggot Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The announcement by the ESB in 1962 that it planned to demolish 16 houses on Lower Fitzwilliam Street provoked widespread opposition from conservation(...)

Artist Micheál Ó Nualláin at his home on Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Why should it matter who lived in a house before you? If memories and atmospheres are as easy to clear out as carpets, curtains and light fitti(...)

 Milo O’Shea in 2007  after having his handprints taken for placing outside the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A whole decade ago, Milo O’Shea, who has died in New York at the age of 86, spent an afternoon pummelling this writer with a relentless series (...)