No, we’re not hardy enough to do it year round, but we’re nearly ready to dip our (shivering) toes in the water

What’s hot Swatch shades Loving the mix and match sunglasses from the watch company Rihanna documentary We hope Peter Berg is making a popstar do(...)

The Gloaming (Iarla Ó Lionáird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill) were last year’s winners of the Choice Music Prize

Girl Band, Villagers and Róisín Murphy are among the main contenders for this year’s Choice Music Prize, which has just announced its shortlist. Th(...)

Peter Sutherland is a vocal and sincere proponent for the rights of refugees, but his previous posts, at the head of the  World Trade Organisation and Goldman Sachs International, hardly mark him out as an instinctive champion of the downtrodden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Amid all the consumption of the Christmas season, it’s still possible to hear a seasonal message of hope, goodwill and generosity on the airwaves. Whi(...)

Anne Enright: the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, has previously won the Novel of the Year award in 2008 for The Gathering, which also won the Man Booker Prize

The Green Road by Anne Enright, a family saga that spans 25 years and three continents, has been chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year at(...)

Margaret Attwood and Sinead Gleeson holding each others books during recording of the Women's Podcast

“In the States, it’s pretty clear in some states that men want to be in control of women’s reproductive life. Actually, they want to be in control (...)

Women and words: (L-R) Kathy Sheridan, Sarah Davis-Goff, Sinead Gleeson and Claire Hennessy

New York-based writer Catherine Nichols sent her new novel to literary agents under a man’s name and received over eight times the number of respon(...)

Culture Ireland’s Showcase Programme will support artists appearing at three festivals in  Edinburgh in the coming months.

Irish artists off to Edinburgh A star-studded line-up of Irish literature and theatre will feature at festivals in Edinburgh this month with the (...)

Tommy Tiernan, who was perfectly paired with Kevin Barry. Photograph: Nuala Grogan

With a line-up that includes interviews with an array of acclaimed authors, and workshops on publishing and the craft of the short story, there is (...)

Swansong: Clive James’s appearance on The Book Show, on RTÉ, provided the radio moment of the week. Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

For all that it’s important to stay informed, tuning into the morning news is rarely conducive to a bright start to the day. When not depressing li(...)

Shocking attack on woman in Drogheda this week will no doubt instil fear in other women, not least because gardaí in Drogheda have advised people “not to jog alone” in the aftermath of the attack.

The shocking attack on a woman in Drogheda this week will no doubt instil fear in other women, not least because gardaí in Drogheda have advised peopl(...)