Detail from a cartoon in the ‘Dublin Opinion’ of 1930. Colleagues claim the resemblance with the incumbent diarist is uncanny.

This column has been the subject of online skittishness in recent days following the reemergence, via Twitter, of a vintage Dublin Opinion cartoon fro(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

Eileen Battersby with her horse Sophie in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both(...)

Eileen Battersby near her home, in Co Meath, in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former Irish Times Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby died on December 23rd, following a car crash in Co Meath the previous day. Her daughter Nad(...)

This year’s awards span 25 categories, ranging from business and politics to showbiz and sport

The Irish Times has received more nominations than any other newspaper in the shortlist for this year’s national Journalism Awards, with more than twi(...)

Arundhati Roy: “When I’m writing non-fiction, it’s a weapon, it’s an argument. It has an immediate and urgent purpose.”  Photograph: Mayank Austen Soofi

I once wrote a bad review of a novel in this newspaper and an eminent writer gave me a dressing down for it when we next met. “More people ended up re(...)

Revellers celebrate during the winter solstice at  Newgrange, Co Meath. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

News that elements of Newgrange, the late Stone Age monument in Co Meath, may actually be younger than the original Disneyland, which was founded in a(...)

Launching the novel ‘Teethmarks on My Tongue’, Prof Jenny Williams (left with author) said it was a special writer who could cross  “shark-infested waters” between being a literary critic and a novelist.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish Times literary correspondent Eileen Battersby has launched her first novel Teethmarks on My Tongue. The book tells the story of an American t(...)

Deborah Smith (left), translator of the winning book, The Vegetarian, with author Han Kang at the Man Booker International Prize in London. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

One of the best things about the new Man Booker International prize was hearing it described as “a win for literary translation as a whole”, which see(...)

What would I be doing, licking disgusting paper, me a cat from a better class of Dublin tenement?

Nine lives but I’ve needed every one of them. Peculiar and all, the way things pan out and I’m sure me aul master, Mr Bloom, Lord rest his soul, woul(...)

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