Author Salman Rushdie, who was guest speaker at this year’s Dalkey Book Festival, at Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey yesterday. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

“That was really deep,” a member of the audience said, emerging into the blazing sunshine after a discussion between literary heavyweights Amos Oz (...)

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
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  • 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(...)

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(...)

Love conquers: Pádraig O’Toole and Mary O’Hara in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The bride forgot her wedding dress and had to drive 30 miles to fetch it. The groom left his suit hanging behind his bedroom door, across the Atlan(...)

Sebastian Barry: ‘I think a writer needs to have the gift of absence.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

When the old folks in the family start banging on about their parents or their childhood or – heaven help us – “the war”, most of us tune out or sl(...)

Janet Moran and Steve Blount in ‘Swing’

The word “dramaturg” is not universally popular among the playwrights of Ireland. I was in a reading with one of my favourite writers, who gave out sp(...)

At the unveiling of their portraits in the Abbey  Theatre last night were (from left) playwrights Tom MacIntyre with artist Colin Davidson and Sebastian Barry with artist Mick O’Dea. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Abbey Theatre is seeking to raise more than €1 million a year, mostly from overseas donors, over the coming years. The Abbey is currently seeking (...)

 Psychiatrist  Ivor Browne, pictured at his home in Ranelagh. Photograph: Dave Meehan
The Gentleman Browne

‘Is he still alive?” people keep asking. Yes he is, very much so, and is as challenging as ever. Visionary, revolutionary and preparing to take lea(...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor gives a stunning performance

In 1997, when Mark O’Rowe’s early short play Anna’s Ankle was staged by Bedrock at the Project, it carried a slightly unusual publicity quote, from th(...)

Johnny Ferguson inherited his parents’ appreciation for art and treasured a portrait of his father, Vincent Ferguson, painted by Basil Blackshaw.

The gritty thriller Gangster No. 1 , which was re(...)