Declan Hughes

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Anne Enright and Lucy Vigne-Welsh in Top Girls by Caryl Churchill in 1985. Photograph: Alan Byrne

It’s fascinating how the same set of words can have so many different meanings. I’m sitting in on rehearsals for Rough Magic’s forthcoming production (...)

PE teacher Agata Suszczynska (left), principal Declan Hughes and chairwoman of St Tiernan’s board of management Labour Cllr Lettie McCarthy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A disadvantaged secondary school in south Dublin is to finally get a PE hall for its students after almost 40 years of campaigning. St Tiernan’s Comm(...)

 A straw poll of recruiters indicated that many companies won’t look at candidates over 45 years of age even though they may still have 20 productive years ahead of them

At this stage, anyone who doesn’t know that diversity is good for business has clearly been taking a long nap behind the water cooler. Over the last f(...)

Sara Gran, author of The Infinite Blacktop. Photograph: Deborah Lopez

The best news of the crime fiction season is that Claire DeWitt, Sara Gran’s irresistible private detective, is back in a much-anticipated new adventu(...)

Scene of the crime. Photograph: iStock

A familiar stereotype about crime novels is that they rely on a conservative sense of closure that restores order to the narrative but distorts images(...)

Claire McGowan: subtle characterisation, elegant plotting and a nuanced eye for post-Troubles politics

Joseph Knox’s glittering, delirious noir debut, Sirens, introduced us to Manchester-based Detective Aidan Waits, a hard-boiled hero with a dark past, (...)

PE teacher Agata Suszczynska, principal Declan Hughes and councillor Lettie McCarthy at St Tiernan’s Community School, Dundrum. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A disadvantaged community school – just yards from a fee-paying school at the centre of controversy over State-funded hockey pitches – says it has bee(...)

Six-year-old Cindy Wang and friends at the launch  of Cruinniú Na Cásca 2017,  which will take place on Easter Monday in Dublin City Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If you can’t find a topic of interest in Monday’s Cruinniú na Cásca roster of talks and events, you might need to check you have a heart or indeed a p(...)

Margaret Atwood: her novel Hag-Seed is a modern prose version of The Tempest. “It was absolutely my first choice. It has a magician. It has fairies. Can it even be done?”   Photograph: Liam Sharp

It is 11am in Toronto. Margaret Atwood is in a cellar, talking to The Irish Times from her home office, where an assistant helps administer her schedu(...)

 No one who reads Laura Lippman could fail to acknowledge her as one of the greatest of contemporary American crime novelists.  Photograph: Jan Cobb

It would be inaccurate to say that Laura Lippman is underrated on this side of the Atlantic. No one who reads Lippman could fail to acknowledge her a(...)

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