“One of the attractive things at present about us to children is that what we do is not seen as schoolwork,”  says Fighting Words’ Sean Love. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Literary festivals would be nothing without writers, and writers always need readers. On Friday, as part of Cuirt’s 2014 festival, there was a (...)

Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins photographed at an Spiddéal. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Tributes were paid to the work of Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins in her native city yesterday when a bronze casting of one of her poems was unvei(...)

“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(...)

The ultimate stereotype of yuppie greed and consumerism, Patrick Bateman was played by Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho
A series of unsaintly Patricks
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Patrick Bateman The antihero narrator of American Psycho , Patrick Bateman couldn’t be further from a saint. Of wealthy New York stock, young Pat(...)

Playwright Frank McGuinness:  ‘Is it surprising that in those classrooms poetry was drudgery, prose breaking stones?’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Remembering my schooldays in Donegal, in the fearful 1950s and 1960s, could I ever then believed I might one day see the words “imagination” an(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to the media after training at Gannon Park in Malahide, Co Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Pitchside updates by Ireland’s assistant managers have not been headline events, with even those given by (...)

The Commitments at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. Photograph: Johan Persson

Killian Donnelly, who plays the lead in the musical of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, is settling into life in the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenu(...)

Joanne Doyle and Breandán de Gallaí, lead dancers with Riverdance and other members of the cast onboard a Viking longboat on the river Liffey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In French and Saunders’ parody of Titanic, the star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose escape the stuffy elitism of the upper decks to experience the revelr(...)

Roy Keane said he was looking forward to working with Roddy Doyle Photograph: Frank Miller/ Irish Times

Roddy Doyle has signed a deal to work with Roy Keane to write the footballer’s autobiography. The book, titled The Second Half, will be publish(...)

Gemma Tierney, art teacher in St Aidan’s Community College, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The series Sectarian Murders by the Belfast photographer Paul Seawright, in 1988, placed news reports of violent events during the Troubles next to ph(...)

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