Boris Johnson: his contrived bluster concealed a man who was fantastically well prepared. Photograph: Darren Staples/Bloomberg

Last weekend I found myself sitting in a tent at the Dalkey Book Festival on the outskirts of Dublin, where the Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard (...)

Oliver McCabe: ‘People are stressed and they often don’t have enough time to cook. We all have to perform well on every level nowadays.’

Situated on a corner a few minutes’ walk from Dalkey Dart station, Select Stores is one of those wholefood stores and cafes that people make special (...)

Amanda Palmer: ‘I have a hard time not using myself as a reference point.’ Photograph: Kambriel

There are confessional songwriters, and then there are songwriters who put so much of themselves into their music that you feel like you’re not onl(...)

French parents never discipline or punish; they ‘educate’ in a loving manner, while also letting children know they are not the centre of their parents’ universe. Above, al fresco dining in France. Photograph: Philip Game/Lonely Planet via Getty Images

French parents have better- behaved children because they look after themselves first. The majority of babies are breastfed in the beginning, but i(...)

Visitor numbers have rebounded and have now returned to pre-recession levels, according to Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dublin will need more hotels to cope with the expected increase in visitor numbers next year, Fáilte Ireland chairman Michael Cawley has said. (...)

Author Salman Rushdie, who was guest speaker at this year’s Dalkey Book Festival, at Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey yesterday. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

“That was really deep,” a member of the audience said, emerging into the blazing sunshine after a discussion between literary heavyweights Amos Oz (...)

‘You have to accept a certain level of disrespect,’ author Salman Rushdie argued at a lively debate on the freedom of speech at the Dalkey Book Festival this afternoon. File. Photograph: Jeremy Suttton-Hibbert/Getty Images

“You have to accept a certain level of disrespect,” author Salman Rushdie argued at a lively debate on the freedom of speech at the Dalkey Book Fes(...)

Actor Eamon Morrissey: fond memories of Dún Laoghaire in the 1970s .Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Dún Laoghaire seafront resembles Monaco, but the main street is Beirut, a local businessman suggested during a public debate on the borough’s f(...)

Salman Rushdie: ‘If you don’t have a pretty clear sense of who you are, you’re not going to write good books.’ Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Of all the things you don’t expect to hear when you answer your phone, the words “it’s Salman Rushdie here” must be pretty close to the top of the (...)

Hostile world: Amos Oz in Israel. Photograph: Rina Castelnuovo/New York Times

Amos Oz is probably Israel’s best-known living writer. The 75-year-old relishes talking about his “Irish zeal” as a child in the British Mandate of(...)

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