Maeve Binchy

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Prussia Street in the 1970s. Photograph: Pat Langan

The walls of the front room of number 33 Prussia Street were covered in black, fat-laden smuts. Plastic flowers on a table in the centre of the room h(...)

 Samuel Beckett. Photograph: PA

It may not be one of the year’s major literary anniversaries, but I was nonetheless excited recently to learn that 80 years ago, for however brief a p(...)

Bones: Emily Deschanel, as Temperance Brennan, with TJ Thyne in the series based on Kathy Reichs’s novels. Photograph:  Fox via Getty

Kathy Reichs was 49 when she published her first novel. She had until then worked as a forensic anthropologist, and she offers an admirably frank expl(...)

Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Lapsed Catholics among Irish writers seemed to have been more favourably disposed towards Jews, according to a British author and academic. “I think (...)

The cast has been whittled down to two protagonists, Noel (Steve Blount) and the social worker Moira Tierney (Claire Barrett)

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★ “I knew you were a good man,” Stella tells Noel during this tender adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s 2010 novel. “A man who co(...)

Gordon Snell, husband of Maeve Binchy, pictured at a special afternoon tea at the Gaiety held to remember her and to launch the premiere of Minding Frankie. Photograph: Leon Farrell

The phrase sounds old-fashioned, but Gordon Snell has the most beautiful manners, and manners never go out of fashion. I’m welcomed warmly into his ho(...)

“Don’t make unnecessary journeys.” – Teresa Mannion, RTÉ

“I recognise no partition. I recognise it as no crime to be in my own country. I would be ashamed of my own name and my murdered husband’s name if I d(...)

Mervyn Stewart at The Guinea Pig restaurant in Dalkey. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of Dalkey’s best known and longest established restaurants is for sale through agent CBRE at more than €850,000. Yet Mervyn Stewart, proprietor o(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen

The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’s novel was publ(...)

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