Edna O Brien

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Documentary maker and writer Gráinne Lyons, at Aughris Head in Co Sligo. Photograph: James Connolly

Two weeks past midsummer in June 2019, I stood on a cliff edge at the tip of Cape Clear Island, the Fastnet lighthouse a hazy silhouette against the h(...)

The house on Usher Island in Dublin, built in 1775, was rented by James Joyce’s great-aunts in the 1890s, where he often visited them. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

A controversial plan to convert the location of the setting of James Joyce’s famous short story, The Dead on Dublin’s quays into a 54-bed hostel has b(...)

Michael Fitzpatrick with Grainne and John Duddy, who starred in his play Counting Apples

Michael Fitzpatrick, a playwright and journalist from Lucan, Co Dublin, lives in New York with his wife, Mei, a nurse practitioner at a Manhattan hosp(...)

Born in Waterford in 1990, Megan Nolan is an arts writer who now lives in London.

“You could tell these nights before they had started usually, some air of mischief in the room when we began to drink. We threw back the first drinks,(...)

John Buckley McQuaid: ‘Leaving doesn’t mean artists suddenly became idiots and didn’t know about anything going on in Ireland’

A month to St Patrick’s Day and Ireland’s diaspora around the world are warming themselves up to play the roles handed them by central casting in Dubl(...)

The church had the monopoly on damnation and salvation. The  mother and baby homes  were the outward sign of this inward terror. Photograph: iStock

Mary Lavin’s story Sarah, written in 1943, begins: “Sarah had a bit of a bad name.” It ends, a few laconic pages later, with Sarah in a ditch “dead as(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

It’s many years since I last tasted damson jam. It may be so long ago, in fact, that I was still calling the fruit “damsel” then. I must have been a t(...)

Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones as Connell and Marianne in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

I was born in Toronto and moved to Ireland as a boy. I spent some formative years in Shannon, the planned, Khrushchevian-style satellite town in south(...)

Coliemore Road in Dalkey is one of Dublin’s smartest addresses, our very own Amalfi, as it has sometimes been described. Statement homes on the coasta(...)

We figure out what paternity means by emulating or reacting against our fathers and their fathers and their fathers’ fathers. Photograph: Getty

Fatherhood is a kind of makey-up thing, it has to be invented every time, but it has come into its own in lockdown During the lockdown, almost e(...)

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