Wexford’sJack Guiney: landed nine points, six from frees against Offaly in a in a one-sided Leinster under-21 hurling semi-final at Wexford Park. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford 2-7 Offaly 0-13 Wexford cruised to the most comfortable of victories over a poor Offaly outfit in this one-sided Leinster Under-21 hu(...)

Winner: Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, which took nine years to find(...)

Eimear McBride: depicts in her own singular language a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for her debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. The prize was announced as(...)

Street spectacle show “Dragonus” by Compagnie Malabar from France will take to the streets of Galway with a monumental moving dragon   during Galway International Arts Festival

A dragon, aliens and a giant red ball will be used to launch Galway’s annual invasion of culture in July. The Galway International Arts Festival has (...)

Ray Davies with author Joseph O’Connor at the National Concert Hall last night as part of the Dublin Writers Festival.

The Kinks front man Ray Davies said his best songs wrote him rather than the other way round. Davies spoke about his new book Americana last night at (...)

Fan fiction: the band in Joseph O’Connor’s book could only have hit big in the 1980s (like Bauhaus). Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

From Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street to Iain Banks’s Espedair Street, the rock’n’roll novel is a tricky beast. Rock fables tend to favour one of two (...)

Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

 Joseph O’Connor:  his story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl has  been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. Photograph: Eric Luke

Joseph O’Connor’s story of a rock band’s rise from Thatcher-era London to the Hollywood Bowl and John Niven’s tale of a debauched Irish novelist ha(...)

A London Metropolitan Police officer watches a  Connacht championship GAA  game between London and Sligo in Ruislip, Middlesex. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

On a number of occasions since Michael D Higgins’s inauguration, the President of Ireland has spoken about the key role that personal narrative(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan (left) and Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice after their teams met at St Conleths Park, Newbridge. Both sides are in a precarious position in Division One. Photograph: Inpho

No one said it would be easy. Just a year after their gallant rise to Division One of the Allianz Football Lea(...)