Maeve Binchy

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Bloom 2018 at the Phoenix Park has an eclectic mix of stunning show gardens, tantalising food features and fun for all the family. Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography

BELFAST AVA Festival S13 Warehouse and the Mac, Belfast, June 1st-2nd avafestival.com This audio-visual arts (ava) festival and conference is wh(...)

Clodagh Rodgers: spangled hot pants and insured legs just visible as she performs for the UK in 1971 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. Photograph:  Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

In April 1971, when Ireland hosted its first Eurovision Song Contest it was all about Northern Ireland. The song competition was being held in the Gai(...)

Daniel Monaghan and Marie Ruane in The Good Father

The Good Father Viking Theatre, Clontarf, Dublin. Ends May 12th, 8pm, €15, vikingtheatredublin.com An early success for the writer Christi(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Ashdoonan, 32 Silchester Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin.

The McCarthy family grew up in 33 Silchester Road – a house their parents purchased in 1968. In 1972 the house next door – Ashdoonan at Number 32, ca(...)

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(...)

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