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Author David Brennan’s debut Irish novel gives us a vibrant new take on an age old story

If there are only seven basic plots in storytelling, as the maxim goes, you have to hand it to authors down through the ages for their loaves and fish(...)

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Ireland sovereign debt management agency has raised €300 million through the placement of an inflation-linked bond. This is the second time the Nati(...)

Admirably determined: Gerard Adlum and Ian Toner in The Big Fellow

THE BIG FELLOW Everyman, Cork ★★★☆☆ This production is a lesson for Minister for Education Joe McHugh: abandon the teaching of history in our schools(...)

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in Stan & Ollie
In a word ... laughter

Stan Laurel died 54 years ago today, on February 23rd, 1965; he of the incomparable duo, Laurel and Hardy. You may have recently seen the utterly char(...)

Masonry crumbling, ivy clambering: Arch Hall, Newtown-Clongill, Co Meath

In 1842 a German writer and geographer called Johann Georg Kohl travelled around Ireland, publishing an account of his journey the following year. “Of(...)

Fergal Keane: “It is the city that gave me my start in words and in broadcasting and it is the place where my heart lies forever.” File photograph: The Irish Times

Award-winning BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane today spoke of his delight at being honoured with a Hall of Fame Award at the Cork Person of the Year Awa(...)

The ECB confirmed on Thursday that the QE programme will come to an end at the close of this month, but said that it will continue to reinvest cash from maturing bonds in its portfolio for an extended period of time.

The State’s debt office said on Thursday it plans to raise between €14 billion and €18 billion next year in the long-term debt markets, after the Euro(...)

The NTMA has raised €17.3 billion in long-term debt this year. Photograph: iStock

Brexit concerns could lead to bond investors taking a dimmer view of the State’s creditworthiness compared with Germany and other euro-zone markets, t(...)

“In the UK, it’s hard to make a case that there’s a popular love of the short story,” says publisher Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes is a founding editor of Unthank Books and their Unthology series – a periodic anthology of short fiction from new and established writer(...)

The NTMA has sold €11.25 billion in bonds so far this year. Photograph: iStock

The National Treasury Management Agency sold €1 billion of bonds on Thursday, meaning it has reached 80 per cent of the minimum amount of long-term de(...)

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