Brendan Behan

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Sheila Forsey is an honours graduate from Maynooth in creative writing. The Secret of Eveline House is published by Poolbeg Press

Tell us about your new work and how it came about – the story behind the story. My new book is a work of historical fiction and is called The Secret o(...)

Brendan Behan: Liverpool and its docks were infamously the target of a 16-year-old Brendan Behan. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Thanks to Paul Cooper (Letters, May 14th), I now know there is a Fontenoy Street in Liverpool as well as Dublin.  And as I have since learned, th(...)

The current emergency has been a godsend for those patriotically wedded to the sanctity of personal space

I can’t recall when I last hugged a friend. I gaze out at the empty street. The spaces seem wider when they are so sparsely occupied. The pigeons look(...)

Pearl Jansen (runner-up Miss World 1970) and Jennifer Hosten (Miss World 1970) at the premiere of Misbehaviour in London on March 9th. As well as being depicted in the new feature film, Hosten and Jansen are also the subject of a BBC documentary to air on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

The Good Karma Hospital Sunday, UTV, 8pm Set in a coastal town in tropical south India, this medical drama returns for a third series, ready to inject(...)

It took an English comedian, Steve Coogan, via the BBC, to relaunch Come Out Ye Black and Tans to an Irish audience. Photograph: BBC

There is a double irony in the revived popularity of Dominic Behan’s Come Out Ye Black and Tans, a song that briefly topped the British singles charts(...)

Seamus Mallon and David Trimble at Stormont following their election as deputy first minister and first minister. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

He walked into the room, an olive-green Donegal tweed light suit, pocket watch chain in the waistcoat, and held out his hand. “I’m Seamus,” he said, a(...)

Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the 1974 film The Great Gatsby. F Scott Fitzgerald’s quintessential Jazz Age novel, written five years into Prohibition, is drenched in champagne and other illicit alcohol. As was its author. Photograph: AP

This month marks the centenary of an experiment that forever changed the United States of America. In January 1920, Prohibition was enacted. The 18th (...)

The Store Yard has a selection of 19th century rocking horses,  from €350, and vintage red hat boxes from Christy’s of London c1960, €90 each.

Antique gifts have a lot to offer. Not only are they the most eco-friendly choice, they are made to last and for buyers offer a more relaxed alternati(...)

 Niall Tóibín at the Gaiety: Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Niall Tóibín Born: November 21st, 1929 Died: November 13th, 2019 Niall Tóibín, who has died aged 89, was one of Ireland’s leading actors and entertai(...)

Charles Ebbets's 1932 photograph of workers on Rockefeller Center in New York which includes two Irishmen: Patrick (Sonny) Glynn above, and far right in the larger version and Matty O'Shaughnessy far left.

Irish writer Brendan Behan once remarked: “People who say manual labour is a good thing have never done any”. Nevertheless, the fruits of the toil of(...)

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