The Great Gatsby at the Gate

The Great Gatsby Gate Theatre, Dublin Until Sep 16 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 4pm) Sold out gatetheatre.ie –  In The Great Gatsby, a riveting im(...)

 Kerry fans with a flag supporting Kieran Donaghy in 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three years ago, as you perused your All-Ireland football semi-final match programme, a name might have caught your eye on the Kerry subs’ bench. Numb(...)

The Punch cartoon that depicted the Young Ireland Party as a gorilla

In the fallout from the recent Conservative party and DUP deal, Northern Ireland has enjoyed a rare trip back to the British headlines. The redheaded(...)

Tom Kettle, Irish Patriot, Essayist, Poet and British Soldier, died 100 years ago on September 9th

It is 100 years since Lieut Tom Kettle was killed leading his men from the 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers over the top during the Battle of Ginchy. He (...)

Aidan Gillen will read James Joyce’s The Dead, with Fergal Murray providing musical accompaniment, in Smock Alley, Dublin, this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We are in the Cobalt Cafe on North Great George’s Street at a window table on which there is a white paper napkin with the word “reserved” scrawled i(...)

Wealth Secrets Of The 1% – How The Super Rich Made Their Way To The Top by Sam Wilkin is priced €18.99

‘The rich are different from you and me,’ F Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in the 1920s. There has certainly been a fascination with the wealthy over(...)

Brendan Behan: described himself as a “drinker with a writing problem”. F Scott Fitzgerald poignantly wrote that “first you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you”. Photograph: Hulton Getty

Alcohol has played a central role in the creative lives of some of the most famous authors of the last few centuries. Lewis Hyde notes in his essay(...)

John Maynard Keynes is often quoted as saying: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Photograph:  Picture Post/Getty Images

When I was much younger and editing an economics journal, I published an article by a distinguished professor – more distinguished, perhaps, for his p(...)

Thirty-seven years ago, when Paul McGuinness signed a virtually unknown teen rock band called U2, he was also interested in making movies. After dr(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)