Wireless Mystery players:  Aislinn Clarke, Reggie Chamberlain-King with the rest of the cast

Going to see a play and then spending most of the evening with your eyes shut sounds absurd. But relying solely on what your ears are telling you i(...)

The passing of John Bradley at the early age of 60 is an irreparable loss to Irish archaeology, medieval and urban studies and to Kilkenny in particul(...)

We’re used to thinking about Sam Reid as a very English gentleman or a very upright officer. In fact the actor grew up on a cattle ranch in rural New South Wales.  Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Sam Reid is having a moment. No. Scratch that. Sam Reid is having a year’s worth of moments. So far in 2014, movie hounds have had reason to gasp over(...)

Maybe it’s the stage Irish sentimentality. Or maybe it’s the non sequiturs. But it’s hard to think of a more heartbroken noir mark than Michael O’Hara(...)

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(...)

Engineer Hans Hilfiker designed the Swiss rail clock to complete its revolution in 58.5 seconds then stand still for 1.5 seconds more to, as he put it, “bring calm in the last moment and ease punctual train departure”. Photograph:  Fabrice CoffrinI/AFP/Getty Images

For 65 years the Swiss have fought back against the convincing but incorrect claim of Orson Welles in (...)

Dazzling: a visitor with Kyung A Ham’s silk embroidery Greedy Is Good, at this autumn’s Frieze Art Fair in London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Sometimes these days, when I’m going around art exhibitions, I find myself feeling grumpy, miserable and hopeless. This is bit like the feeling you ge(...)

Every now and then, when meeting an interviewee, one requires some identifying information to pick him or her out from the crowd. “I’ll be wearing a b(...)

Orson Welles, aged just 26 when he made Citizen Kane

You’re only as old as you feel – and, with the beginning of this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival, I have come to feel as sprightly as the guy who Methus(...)

Orson Welles with Sir Laurence Olivier in the green room of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, where Welles was playing Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight, on March 8th, 1960. Photograph: Jack McManus

Actor Spencer Tracy was “one of those bitchy Irishmen” and mean because 700 years of bitter oppression changed the character of the Irish and gave the(...)