Patrick Marber: ‘My characters are always hurting themselves. There is a lot of sadism and a lot of masochism in my work. I don’t know why that is.’ Photograph:  Amy Graves/WireImage/Fox

Patrick Marber politely shoos away a waiter away who has paused to explain an impressive, three-tiered construction bearing afternoon tea. “We’ll figu(...)

 President Higgins has presented 16 artists with bursaries to  mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sixteen young artists have been presented with bursaries by President Michael D Higgins as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme. The 16 X 16(...)

David (2012) by Jackie Nickerson (copyright Jackie Nickerson/courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY); and a portrait of Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellamont, by Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792; National Gallery of Ireland)

Uniform – A collaboration with Jackie Nickerson National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin ***** Long associated with privilege and prestige(...)

Hope Castle in Castleblayney

The new Monaghan Tourism website does not exaggerate when it describes the local landscape as “unspoiled”. The county of the little hills is indeed(...)

All familiar journeys evoke mental associations that, once acquired, become indelible. So it is with the road between Ballybay and Clones, which for m(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Most musicians agree that releasing an album is a bit like launching your child into the world; you shape and mould them to be the best that they can,(...)

Steal away to write that novel
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  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

In 1998 Sue Booth-Forbes, an American teacher, writer and editor who had been running creative retreats on a voluntary basis in Boston, decided(...)