Suzanne Strempek Shea and Mags Riordan, who is the subject of Shea’s new book, ‘This is Paradise’.

Introduction I eavesdrop, frequently. It’s in the writer’s job description to be nosy, and noticing. Always. To spot the ticking second hand of the w(...)

American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)