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Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen. Photograph: Rob O’ Connor

It might be a ‘slush pile’ but reading through thousands of unsolicited manuscripts is actually “like panning for gold,” says Sarah Davis-Goff wh(...)

You need the umbrella, the togs, the wind breaker and don’t forget the chips on the way home. Photograph: iStock

1: Get wet We rely far too much on good weather for summer fun and it almost always lets us down. But what if you tried your hand at something that d(...)

 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, (...)

Sally Foran and David Kitt

What subject do you wish you had studied more in school? Sally: I’d like to have taken another language. I did my Leaving Cert on tape, I smashed my (...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

Kelly Creighton: her stories are memorable because of the quality of the writing

If the point of new fiction is to showcase emerging writers, the Belfast author Kelly Creighton is an ideal candidate. Her debut collection Bank Holid(...)

Judge Patrick Durcan described the case as “extremely serious” and adjourned sentencing into Ennis District Court on Wednesday

A “creepy” 74-year-old driving instructor has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 22-year-old student nurse during a stop-off on a driving lesson.(...)

Dr Sam Guglani has a masters in creative writing from Oxford and writes a regular column on the medical world in the Lancet.

Those in the medical profession are long used to giving testimony – to colleagues, to patients as they explain diagnoses, even sometimes in court. Dr (...)

 Ross McGarry scored 2-4 in Dublin’s MFC quarter-final win over Clare at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Dublin 2-11 Clare 0-10 Dublin progressed to a semi-final meeting with Derry in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship after a l(...)

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