Madge Fanning celebrated being  100 years-old at her home in Skerries in May last year. She is holding a photograph of her with her siblings.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Joe Clarke was born in 1901, 13 years before his sister Madge.In between, there were another three brothers and, collectively, they would become the l(...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis:  “The question is if we have compromised our basic principle. And the answer is a big, fat no.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Last week, in between a hectic schedule of meetings with his euro zone counterparts in Brussels and colleagues and officials on his home turf, Greece’(...)

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Aoife Duffin is an actress whose performance in ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ won her a best actress nomination in this year’s ‘Irish Times’ theatre(...)

Jennifer Walshe: seems to feel like a musical foundling who arrived in the world with enthusiasms that don’t fit with the culture around her. Photograph: Eugene Langan, copyright Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland

In the early 20th century composer Johnny O’Connor-Murphy wrote an opera titled The Hound of the Baskervilles in Ballydehob. It has been described (...)

Lost and sound: Carpenter in studio during the recording of Lost Themes

When they go on (and on, and on) about the Movie Brat generation who rocked Hollywood in the 1970s – the likes of Scorsese, Spielberg and Coppola –(...)

Daniel Simpson as Ted Hughes in the play Doonregan

Think of the poet Ted Hughes, and what images come to mind? The English countryside and its wildlife, perhaps. The death from suicide of his wife S(...)

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(...)

“I could as easily have become a nun, or a prostitute, or both,” said Billie Whitelaw, who has died aged 82. Instead, she claimed that acting had all(...)

File photo of actress Billie Whitelaw who has died aged 82. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Actress Billie Whitelaw has died aged 82.She was famous for her roles in films including The Omen and worked alongside Irish playwright Samuel Beckett(...)