Irish Roots

A few weeks back, the Ordnance Survey Ireland maps website ( was taken offline and the worldwide Fraternity of Historic Map Nuts held its (...)

Glassan Village, Co Westmeath Getting there: Glassan village is on the N55 nine kilometres north of Athlone.(...)

A wash and brush up for Goldsmith in the grounds of Trinity College, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Let’s face it, we all need a bit of a wash and brush-up every now and again. And if you’re standing, day after day, at the busy corner of Dame Street (...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Jon Kenny as Mr Hardcastle and Caroline Morahan as Miss Hardcastle

Abbey Theatre, Dublin ***   Like any classic worth its salt, Oliver Goldsmith’s 1773 comedy of deception and misunderstanding sti(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

Reference archive: singer Eddie Butcher at Féile na Bóinne in 1977. Photograph: Joe Dowdall/ITMA
Thinking outside the squeeze box

A quarter of a century is a long time by anyone’s reckoning. Governments form and fall, families begin and grow up, and artists come and go, their rep(...)

Renowned theatre director Vincent Dowling has died at the age of 83. Mr Dowling had a long and distinguished association with the Abbey T(...)