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Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Author Darragh McKeon. Photograph: anaphoto.net

Darragh McKeon has worked as a director with theatre companies such as Rough Magic in Dublin, the Royal Court and Young Vic in London, and Steppenw(...)

James O’Halloran of Adam’s Auctioneers valuing the objects that were purchased as part of our Five Go on a Treasure Hunt series. Photograph: Alan Betson 4:03

You have finally got around to clearing the attic. While leafing through yellowing copies of An Claidheamh Soluis and The Illustrated London News s(...)

A traffic jam in Clones on match day

US readers of yesterday’s diary might be forgiven for thinking that 98 Avenue in Clones, which I mentioned in passing, was part of an American-style g(...)

At the pre-match parade in Clones, pace is everything; the slow-march and jubilant notes of the brass band somehow elevate the anticipation to boiling point. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Is the GAA seriously about to end the tradition of Ulster final day in Clones? Say it ain’t so, Joe. To do so would be madness.Yes, the logic of movin(...)

Spanning divisions: one of number of hitherto uncharted crossings on 'The Map of Connections'

Maps have an air of authority about them: they have always been a way of defining territory, setting out the lie of the land. They chart how things ar(...)

Two motor showrooms and garages owned by car dealer Patrick McCabe at Drogheda and Ardee have been sold by Brendan Smyth of DTZ Sherry FitzGerald on t(...)

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(...)

Téada: in concert this evening at the Hiroshima City Bunka

After writing about Japan’s cherry blossom season last week (Irishman’s Diary, Friday), I received an e-mail from a young Laois man named Paul (...)

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”  Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (1938). Posted by Camisonup and David Russell

“Call me Ishmael.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1851), Posted by Austin Duffy “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was t(...)