Brendan Behan

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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(...)

The Luke Kelly statue by Dublin artist Vera Klute is lowered into place on Sherrif Street in Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Kelly

You wait years for a Luke Kelly statue, and then two of them come along at once. Tomorrow, the city unveils two separate sculptures, on either side of(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney speaking to the media at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Good morning. The twists and turns of Brexit continue, and there was a major one skidded in yesterday morning. At the daily press briefing in Brussel(...)

“Save water, shower with a friend” appears to have gone the way of all great slogans –  down the bottomless plughole.
In a Word... ....Granny

For months now I have been haunted by Brendan Behan’s granny. Well, “haunted” may be a bit strong. I blame Irish Water, climate change, global warming(...)

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