Michel Déon with a portrait of himself in his home in Co Galway. In ‘La Chambre de Ton Pere’, Déon recounted how the portrait was painted. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

The novelist Michel Déon, the French writer most closely associated with Ireland, died in hospital in Galway on Wednesday at the age of 97. Déon’s t(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

A Guinness advertisement in Elephant and Castle, London. Photograph: Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images

The great Irish novelist John McGahern, who died 10 years ago, recalled in his memoirs how a labourer from Clare, working on a London building site in(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking at the Beal na Blath commemoration, Co. Cork Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Some of those organising history discussions and conferences for the autumn are keen to keep the conversation about the 1916 centenary going, but with(...)

Power struggles at the table are not that unusual. Photograph: iStock

Of all the millions of words in innumerable newspaper columns that have been written to attempt to understand Donald Trump, one story stands out as ca(...)

Retired doctor Philip Murray’s book collection was auctioned in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin in Tuesday,

The auction of the book collection owned by retired doctor Philip Murray took place in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, in what was the single (...)

Detail from a photograph from Enda Bowe’s At Mirrored River

Among the highlights of last year’s outstanding Solas Photography Award Winners exhibition at the Gallery of Photography was a selection of works by (...)

The State’s Censorship of Publications Board has banned a book for the first time in 18 years. File photograph: Getty Images

The State’s Censorship of Publications Board has banned a book for the first time in 18 years. The book, The Raped Little Runaway, by Jean Martin. wa(...)

Regatta at Clare Island from  Western Ways: Remembering Mayo through the Eyes of Helen Hooker and Ernie O’Malley by Cormac O’Malley and Juliet Christy Barron

Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) is best remembered today as a writer and a Republican. His famous memoir of the War of Independence, On Another Man’s Woun(...)

Edna O’Brien: Doesn’t think she could have written so much had she been married. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg/Rex

Edna O’Brien, once Ireland’s most scandalous woman, arrives in the lobby of the Merrion Hotel and praises a scent that she traces to an arrangement of(...)