Colm Toibin

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 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Borderlands: A disused border post near Newry. Photograph: Getty Images

In All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming, his wonderful study of traditions in County Fermanagh, on the northern side of the Irish borde(...)

Author Kit de Waal’s  new novel steps back in time to the IRA pub bombings in Birmingham in 1974.

Mixing personal and political plights in her 2016 debut My Name is Leon resulted in an international bestseller for Kit de Waal. Her self-professed “t(...)

Patrick J Tuohy’s portrait  of John Stanislaus Joyce

On that infamous piece of real-estate-agency furniture, the property ladder, the only direction you ever hear of anyone taking is up. Yes, mortgage de(...)

Farmers who had lands on both sides of the Border couldn’t cross over, they had to go the long way round. Photograph: Copyright Tony O’Shea

The first time Tony O’Shea photographed the people of the Irish borderlands was in the 1980s, in the company of the writer Colm Tóibín. But the memori(...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in this year’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas special. Photograph: Alan Peebles

The Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special was the most-watched television programme in Ireland this Christmas. Mrs Brown’s Boys: Mammy’s Mummy, in which(...)

Architect Oriol Capdevila in Barcelona’s Poble Nou district where he helped build the Olympic Village. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

Perched on a hill to the west of the city centre, the Montjuïc Communications Tower overlooks a large esplanade in front of Barcelona’s Olympic Stadiu(...)

The Ticket Awards 2017 is entering the final straight, but there is still everything to play for in this year’s poll. Voting across all categories f(...)

Bringing it  all together – actor Peter Duffy

Although he died almost 140 years ago, the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky has aged surprisingly well.   This is partly because (in the book Th(...)

Former Cork hurler Donal Óg Cusack. File photograph: Inpho

Former Cork hurler Dónal Óg Cusack tonight night stood down from the board of the State’s governing sports body as he “did not wish any controversy” t(...)

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