Brendan Behan

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National Library director Sandra Collins with actor Rory Dignam playing the role of Sebastian Dangerfield, the protagonist of Donleavy’s novel The Ginger Man. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are many stories surrounding the writing and publication of The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy’s great novel about student life in postwar Dublin in th(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

The original 12: Mary Gilmartin (nee) Browne, Angela Leavy (nee) Burke, Elizabeth Noeleen McGrath (nee) Cooke, Elizabeth Dwyer, Kathleen Kelly (nee) McFadden, Sarah O’Sullivan (nee McGuiness), Helena Sparrow (nee) Hayden, Bridget Deale (nee) Sharkey, Margaret Brown (nee)Tierney, Mary B Wymbs, Deirdre Killeen, Mary O’Donnell

Female Garda recruits should not be “horse-faced” but care must also be taken to ensure they were not “too good-looking”, the Dáil was told when the f(...)

I’ve long believed Bloomsday should be a national holiday. Or that the June Bank Holiday should be transferred to the 16th of this month. The weather (...)

Poet Patrick Kavanagh, who died in 1967.

A further tranche of Ireland’s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are being available to the public online from Tuesday. Accessibl(...)

Pub crawl: Tim Herlihy, Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon with their VW, Poppy, outside the Duke of York in Belfast. Photograph: Elaine Hill

“We’re going to Ireland! What are the must-see places?” “What’s the best pub?” “Who’s got the best selection of whiskeys?” “Are there distilleries (...)

Head of a Boy: Lucian Freud’s portrait under the hammer at Sotheby’s. Photograph: Michael Bowles/Getty

A Lucian Freud portrait of the late Guinness heir Garech Browne as a boy has been sold in London for €6.7 million. Head of a Boy was painted in 1956, (...)

There was something quintessentially Dublin about the fact that, after many years of lobbying for the erection of a statue to commemorate Luke Kelly in his native city, two were unveiled on the same day this week. Photograph: Paul Kelly

There was something quintessentially Dublin about the fact that, after many years of lobbying for the erection of a statue to commemorate Luke Kelly i(...)

Ross McQuade, left, Richard Henry, Conor Yorke and Padraig Fallon in O’Neill’s

Ten years ago I was a law student at UCD, and the city which had become my second home was about to be snatched away from under my feet. I wasn’t very(...)

‘A jewel of a painting’: Lucian Freud’s Head of a Boy, a portrait of the young Garech Browne. Photograph: Sotheby’s

The late Guinness heir Garech Browne was proud of his portrait by Lucian Freud, which shows him as a young boy with a thatch of blond hair. Browne, w(...)

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