Kevin Barry

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Tommy Tiernan: “I wouldn’t be surprised if I came to consciousness in three minutes’ time in a carpet factory in Navan, with some foreman shouting ‘Cop on Tiernan! Stop daydreaming!’”

If you were wondering how Tommy Tiernan prepares for gigs – a spot of shadow-boxing, perhaps; maybe screaming into a bag for half an hour, or listenin(...)

Students Katie McCabe, Jay Pope and Ayrton Kelly at Outhouse on Capel Street, Dublin. Some 70% of LGBTI young people feel schools in Ireland are still not fully inclusive of these students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The election of Barack Obama heralded the end of racism in America, in much the same way as the marriage referendum in Ireland eradicated homophobia a(...)

'The single 1979 was electronic, which was a signpost of where my head would go.'

This album arrived at a key time in my musical development in the early 1990s. I was a rock-loving teenager. It was a golden age for the genre. I love(...)

Senior archivist Cécile Gordon, project manager of the Military Service Pensions Collection, and Capt Daniel Ayiotis in the Military Archives at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

The widowed mother of Kevin Barry was turned down for a pension from the State because she was not a dependant of her son at the time of his death. B(...)

Malachy McCourt

In Frank McCourt’s bestselling memoir, Angela’s Ashes, nobody is more responsible for his “miserable Irish Catholic childhood” than his father, Malach(...)

Shipping Container House: Gordon and Maggie Kelley with their children Gordie (7) and Penny Bell (eight months), at their house built from shipping containers at Ringsend , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Today kicks off Open House Dublin 2017, the annual extravaganza exploring all things architectural. From the Airbnb HQ, to the atmospheric Victorian (...)

Andrew Meehan: prior to writing full-time, he was head of development at the Irish Film Board

For as long as she can remember, Eva Hand has valued the opinions of others more than her own. In Andrew Meehan’s topsy-turvy, beguiling debut One Sta(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

Sally Rooney: The debut novelist delivers a dynamic tale about the messy, overlapping relationships between four captivating characters. Photograph: Jonny Davies

As Anne Enright wrote in her 2011 novel The Forgotten Waltz, being the “Not Wife” is a delicate business. It’s a lesson that 21-year-old Frances, the (...)

‘I live in the mountains of British Columbia, in a place of 10,000 people.’

This spring, back in the land of sarcasm and flat roads, I took the train from Dublin to Tipperary. People were reading. As a reader, it bothers me th(...)

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