Roddy Doyle: inspiration from the phone book. Photograph: Alan Betson

Now that the humble telephone directory is no longer a staple in every Irish household, we shouldn’t forget its role in kickstarting the career of a b(...)

Co-writer and star Emmet Kirwan gets in character on the set of Dublin Oldschool, currently filming in the capital.

Summertime in Dublin is film-making time. With longer, brighter days and slightly better – if still unpredictable – weather, it’s a good deal easier t(...)

 Kevin Kennedy who used to play Curly Watts in Coronation Street but who is now starring in The Commitments, The Musical. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Before Kevin Kennedy was Curly Watts he was the bass player in Johnny Marr’s first band. As claims to fame go, learning to play Thin Lizzy covers in t(...)

“What’s in it for the darkie?.” Hugh McElvaney demanding sterling for his troubles. Photograph: RTÉ

You will recall Cllr Hugh McElvaney demanding sterling for his troubles. The question for the next generation of pub quizzes will focus on how precise(...)

Jimmy Rabbitte: “Irish are the blacks of Europe” had a ring of truth in late 1980s

Jimmy Rabbitte’s proclamation in The Commitments that the “Irish are the blacks of Europe” had a ring of truth in the late 1980s when the Roddy Doyle (...)

The Script: Mark Sheehan, Danny O’Donoghue and Glen Power
Sticking with their Script

It is March 2008, and The Script are huddled in a suite at the Herbert Park Hotel in Dublin. They are excited, giddy, unexpectedly chatty. “The last (...)

Roddy Doyle: “Twenty-eight years after I started writing the novels that make up The Barrytown Trilogy, I’m delighted - and proud - that it will be the Dublin: One City, One Book choice for 2015.” File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy is the official selection for the 2015 Dublin: One City, One Book Festival. The festival encourages people to read a b(...)

Joanne Doyle and Breandán de Gallaí, lead dancers with Riverdance and other members of the cast onboard a Viking longboat on the river Liffey. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In French and Saunders’ parody of Titanic, the star-crossed lovers Jack and Rose escape the stuffy elitism of the upper decks to experience the revelr(...)

Home body: Roddy Doyle in Clontarf, in north Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Roddy Doyle’s writing used to inspire death threats. His 1994 television drama Family angered some people for its depiction of domestic violence and f(...)