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To date in this series we have explored the constituent elements of fiction-writing, from plot, tone and language to voice, setting and characters.(...)

Colin Barrett: hidden and at times disturbing depths lurk beneath the surface bravado. Young Skins was published in Britain last spring by Jonathan Cape.

An Irish writer has held off a strong challenge from four Americans and a Scot to win the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. By w(...)

A collection of early 20th-century mugshots of Irish emigrants in America sold for €540

GAA medals are not just tokens of honour and glory. Some have significant financial value and are sought after by a growing band of Irish collectors a(...)

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

The great Irish writer Dermot Healy was laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all,(...)

Patrick McCabe, Kevin Barry, and Ross Raisin. Photographs: Cyril Byrne, Matt Kavanagh, Angus Muir

Asking someone to name their favourite author or book is one of those cruel, impossible-to- choose questions. For some, picking a literary characte(...)

Emma Donoghue, Dermot Bolger, Liz Nugent and Karen Joy Fowler

A job scanning old regional newspapers (Niamh Boyce’s The Herbalist); a walk around a university campus with a child (Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Co(...)

Kevin Barry: former economist with NCB Stockbrokers and the Central Bank

The death has taken place of the bookseller and former economist with NCB Stockbrokers and the Central Bank, Kevin Barry. Barry was one of a number of(...)

National Concert Hall:  Minister for Arts Jimmy  Deenihan said yesterday  the coming period will be one of change at the venue. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

A former leading board member of the National Concert Hall has said he would not have resigned had he known of Government plan(...)

Sales of Mincon products totalled €40.7m versus €42.6 million a year earlier.

Co Clare engineering company Mincon posted a record operating profit of €15 million last year, up 18 per cent on the €12.7 million posted a yea(...)

Fonsie Mealy (left) and his son, George Fonsie Mealy: “In a small business it’s necessary to be somewhat of a ‘jack of all trades’,” says George Fonsie Mealy

George Fonsie Mealy is the third generation to run his family’s Kilkenny-based fine art and rare books auctioneering business. (...)