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(...)

 ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’, starring Nika McGuigan (left) and Seána Kerslake, was awarded €250,000 by the BAI for its second series on RTÉ2.

TV3’s next Irish-produced drama will be a six-part crime series called Darklands made for the channel by Parallel Films, according to the new list of (...)

 Small Town Portraits. Courtesy of The Dennis Dinneen Archive

Small Town Portraits – Dennis Dinneen Gallery 1, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. Until May 27 ***** Dennis Dinneen was a publican, (...)

Rarely-heard music: Pianist Úna Hunt and friends resurrected forgotten music  under the title ‘Recollections of Ireland’

Who were the Irish composers of the 19th century? At the end of his History of Irish Music, published in 1905, WH Grattan Flood apologised for dealing(...)

Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey star in  Autumn Royal. Photograph: Darragh Kane

★★★★ Everyman, Cork A Babel tower of washing machines confronts the audience at Autumn Royal, Kevin Barry’s deliberately confined new play. The s(...)

Kevin Barry on May and Timothy (Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey, above) the protagonists of Autumn Royal: “I really like them. It’s because their situation is so devastating. There is never a solution that’s workable in this kind of situation”

It’s a bustling afternoon, and in the heave of motion, clink and chatter of a Dublin hotel bar, Kevin Barry is having some difficulty finding a place(...)