JP Donleavy in March 2014 at his home, Levington Park in Co Westmeath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
JP Donleavy: a glorious freedom

With the death this week of JP Donleavy and the passing earlier this year of Anthony Cronin, the last living links to an era of Irish literature have (...)

 JP Donleavy at his home,  Levington Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

JP Donleavy, who has died at the age of 91, was best known as the author of The Ginger Man, the critically acclaimed comic masterpiece. It is estimate(...)

From the David and Edward O’Kane exhibition at the Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg last July  From the David and Edward O’Kane exhibition at the Flann O’Brien conference in Salzburg last July

It is sometimes said by those who claim to know such things that Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman reads like the work of a man who has been droppin(...)

John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce on Sandymount Strand on the 50th-anniversary of Bloomsday, June 16th, 1954.

It feels strange to be celebrating Bloomsday without the living presence of Anthony Cronin. The genesis of our modern Bloomsday celebration is a famil(...)

Two months on the coast oil on canvas, by Una Sealy

RHA 187th Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin Until August 12th. rhagallery.ie Submitting work for the RHA’s Annual Exhibit(...)

Section from   “Self Portrait (1988)” by Michael Kane. Estimate: €2,000-€4,000. (Painting formerly thought to be a portrait of the late poet and novelist Anthony Cronin)

The late poet and novelist Anthony Cronin, who died in December, might have been amused to see the print catalogue for Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers c(...)

Flann O’Brien: experienced a short-lived infatuation with rugby

I note with indignation that this year’s “Mylesday” has been deferred by 24 hours to avoid a clash with rugby. For those who don’t know, Mylesday is (...)

The death of poet Anthony Cronin has occurred at a moment in Ireland’s cultural history when the arts have been given official recognition as a “vital(...)

The funeral of Anthony Cronin at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The status of Anthony Cronin as not just an artist, but a champion of the arts was reflected in the turnout at his funeral service in Dublin. Presid(...)

The published  work of Anthony Cronin, pictured in 2004, included 14 volumes of poetry, novels,  and biographies of Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien. Photograph: Frank Miller

The death yesterday of poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin brings to an end a remarkable link with the bohemian literary world of mid-20th centur(...)