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  Avocados. Photograph: Mariana Greif Etchebehere/Bloomberg

Further to The Kennedys of Castleross, which we were discussing last week (Irishman’s Diary September 4th), two separate readers have shared a story f(...)

Mark Grantham: writer and co-creator of the radio drama The Kennedys of Castleross

Before the Kennedys of Massachusetts became a big thing in these parts, Ireland was in thrall to the doings of another family of that surname, the Ken(...)

 The word “gobshite” made its long-awaited debut in the New York Times this week. Photograph: Getty Images

This week’s exciting news from the US – that the word “gobshite” had made its debut appearance in the New York Times – sent me delving into this newsp(...)

 Hugh O’Conor - ‘the cheery Dubliner has emerged as one of our busiest hyphenates.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Hugh O’Conor is pondering the years after his breakthrough role in My Left Foot. “I didn’t do some jobs I was offered,” he says. “My parents said I h(...)

 Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The recent national outbreak of people saying “bollocks”, in the Leinster House canteen and elsewhere, has prompted some readers to recall another fam(...)

Saint Augustine of Hippo. Illustration: istock

I meant to mention it in my review of the book (which appears elsewhere in this newspaper today), and somehow forgot. But an unfortunate feature of Th(...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

T he ultimate accolade, or utterly ridiculous? Arguably, honorary degrees have become a bit of a farce, with colleges no one has ever heard of trippin(...)

Mervyn Stewart at The Guinea Pig restaurant in Dalkey. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of Dalkey’s best known and longest established restaurants is for sale through agent CBRE at more than €850,000. Yet Mervyn Stewart, proprietor o(...)

Actor Barry McGovern and his son Sam read the new audio version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the publication of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. The book follows Stephen Dedalus and his(...)

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