Many who grew up in close-knit communities found it quite a relief to escape to the anonymity of a city bedsit

A recent Irishman’s diary by Derek Scally about a novel called The Valley Of the Squinting Windows reminded me that living in a surveillance culture i(...)

A Dublin friend who moved to a Kerry town a decade ago soon gave up on British weekly magazines “because the local gossip is far better”. Photograph: iStock

A century ago, with the sulphurous crack of a match, the good people of Delvin, Co Westmeath, set fire to a book. The Valley of the Squinting Windows (...)