Fiona Gartland with husband Paul and children Rose, Katie, Jeni and Paul jnr at the launch of her book, In the Court’s Hands,  in Hodges and Figgis on Dawson Street, Dublin on Friday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer for The Irish Times

There is an adage in literature that one should “write what you know”, an approach exemplified by Fiona Gartland, who launched her debut novel yesterd(...)

Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

There can’t be a writer alive who doesn’t appreciate a monetary prize, no matter how famous or established they are. Everything helps. Literary prizes(...)

Winners Jane Clarke, Ríona Judge McCormack and Chris Connolly  at the 45th annual Hennessy Literary Awards, in the RHA Gallery on Thursday,  April 28th, 2016. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Ríona Judge McCormack has been named the Hennessy New Irish Writer 2016 at the 45th annual Hennessy Literary Awards in Dublin. Judge McCormack’s shor(...)

Pat Cox: said the values that Columban promoted were essential to the wellbeing and stability of contemporary European society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In AD 590, St Columban and his 12 companions sailed from Bangor, Co Down. During the next 20 years he established monasteries in eastern Gaul at Anneg(...)