“Can you feel the camaraderie on this shelf?” an Oxford English Dictionary remarked. “Indeed it is hardly elusive,” replied an adventure book. “It rem(...)

From left, at the launch of the Bookmarks exhibition in Trinity’s Long Room were Erik Paul and Clayton Fagan of Drimnagh Castle; Sarah-Ann Mitchell and Caithlain Hanlon of Scoil Cholmcille, Ballybrack; Ryan Loehmann and Finn Wallace of Scoil Eoin, Kilbarrack. Photograph: Paul Sharp/SharpPix

Finn Wallace has just done what many people talk about but never get around to doing: he has finished writing his first book. The Adventures of Jac(...)

Russell Crowe in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World as Capt Jack Aubrey: based on the novel by Patrick O’Brian which gave a distinctly British slant to the clashes at sea with the French and Spanish during the Napoleonic wars

The sea and seafaring have always been an abundant source of myths, stories of adventure and discovery. The common link joining the legends, yarns (...)

Akhil Sharma to aspiring authors: “Don’t do it! And if you are going to do it, take joy in the satisfactions that come from writing and don’t wait for the book to be done to be happy”. Photograph: Bill Miller

Born in India and raised in the US, Akhil Sharma is the author of An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 PEN/Hemingway Award and the 2001 Whiti(...)

“The finance spokespeople in the Seanad, and others who have expertise in that area, should be included in any newly constituted committee to inquire into the banking fiasco,’’ said Senator Whelan.

A Government Senator has said it would be “absurd’’ to exclude Seanad representation from the banking inquiry.John Whelan (Lab) supported a call by Fi(...)

Making Way, by Theo Dorgan
  • Books
  • July 13, 2013, 01:00

Tom Harrington, 50-something and recently bereaved, is sailing on the Mediterranean. His boat is The Lon Dubh, a “Cheoy Lee, built in Hong Kong 1960. (...)

‘Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer.” Officially, that is. Sadly, the weather in Ireland rarely lives up to Shakespearian(...)