The Commitments: ‘The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin’

The choice for this year’s Dublin: One City, One Book initiative, which encourages everyone to read a particular book connected with the capital in(...)

Margaret Hayes, city librarian, in a chip van outside the Rotunda Hospital serving from left; Angela Cassidy, Roddy Doyle, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke, Philip Martin, Peter Sheridan and Niall Stokes, during the launch of Dublin: One City One Book, 2015 programme. This year’s book  is Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a nostalgia-laden occasion for Roddy Doyle as he celebrated the selection of his Barrytown Trilogy for Dublin: One City One Book for 2015 surro(...)

  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)

When Maddie Kelly, who has died aged 102, was three years old, her father became excited by events in Dublin and drove from his Co Monaghan home towar(...)

Children from St Columba’s National School in Dublin taking part in a Fighting Words workshop. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While the dispute over reform of the junior cycle continues, preparations are under way for further short courses under the new curriculum. The(...)

BJ Novak with his children’s book The Book with No Pictures. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Steve Martin has done it. So has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in chil(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

Actor/director Steven Berkoff: ‘If there’s anything that the establishment can’t bear, it’s someone who stands out. You could say the same thing about any radical person, starting from Jesus Christ.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Not many people realise this, but you don’t actually learn anything at art college any more; however, you do have to go there to find that out.” A(...)

THE BEST The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley (O’Brien Press, €16.99) A sports book, a history book, a thriller. Like a quietly determined geek wit(...)

 Nama has lodged  with Dublin City Council a €150 million redevelopment plan for the site, featuring offices, apartments and shops: Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Boland’s Mills is an iconic site with huge historical resonance in the heart of a booming business and cultural district. Within a stone’s throw of(...)