It seems so obvious now. We have, without knowing it, been crying out for a documentary on the myths, legends and everyday eccentricities of Glasne(...)

The Richmond Asylum, built in the 19th century from Dublin calp limestone with granite details

The Richmond Asylum is the oldest surviving building on the site for the Dublin Institute of Technology campus at Grangegorman, Dublin. Built to de(...)

Emily Carroll is a 31-year-old graphic artist based in Ontario. Within a year of drawing her first comic strip, in 2010, she had caused an online stir(...)

Making things happen: John Carney. Photograph: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Take heed of the American press and you could be forgiven for believing that John Carney ceased to exist for most of the last decade. Can it really be(...)

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

The great Irish writer Dermot Healy was laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all,(...)

It is understood that LÉ Seamus Heaney has been considered in military circles, subject to the agreement of the late Nobel laureate’s family. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty Images

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are Minister for Defence and you have just decided to purchase a third new Naval Service offshore patrol vessel.T(...)

 Ruaidhri McGee of Ireland tees off during the Lyoness Open  at the Diamond Country Club  in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Photo:  Paul Thomas/Getty Images

England’s Lee Slattery shrugged off a shoulder injury caused by a soft pillow to move into contention for a second European Tour title in the Lyoness (...)

Enda Kenny inspects a guard of honour at the naming ceremony of the new Naval Service vessel LÉ Samuel Beckett on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Naval Service ships have traditionally been named after mythological Irish figures – usually women (although Setanta and Ferdia also snuck in ov(...)

The Irish Naval Service is to take delivery of a ‘weaponised naval system’, or ship, named after writer James Joyce (above) next year. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

The Department of Defence has defended the Government’s decision to name two new Naval Service patrol ships after Nobel prize-winning Irish writers, f(...)

One of the most memorable unhinged characters in contemporary Irish fiction is Francis Brady, the troubled child narrator of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy
Mad men and women in fiction
  • Books
  • May 2, 2014, 01:27

Reviewed by Eileen Battersby in The Irish Times this Saturday, Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto (Viking, £14.99) is a near-perfect account of a p(...)