John Banville

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Liam Neeson. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

This is not an obituary. Though it may read like one. A year ago, in quieter, gentler times, when Liam Neeson was just a famous actor, I interviewed h(...)

Liam Neeson: under fire for comments ablut 'killing a balck man'. Photograph: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via AP

Liam Neeson has cancelled an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in the US amid continuing controversy over racially charged ra(...)

“I can’t see what the fuss is about”: John Banville. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish novelist John Banville has defended Liam Neeson following criticism of the actor for comments relating to the rape of a friend 40 years ago.(...)

Anne O'Neill: I was 50 on my last birthday. Photograph: Ciara O'Donnell

Last summer I had my 50th birthday. Fifty, which Victor Hugo called the youth of old age and is, according to George Orwell, the age at which everyone(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

Eileen Battersby with one of her dogs ‘Kingsley’ in 2011. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former Irish Times literary correspondent Eileen Battersby has died following a car crash in Co Meath on Saturday. Ms Battersby (60) was critically i(...)

 Anna Burns holds her book ‘Milkman’ during a photocall at the Royal Festival Hall in London for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Despite having been shortlisted for what was then the prestigious Orange Prize for women’s fiction in 2002 for her debut, No Bones, Anna Burns is a re(...)

Ian Buruma, ex-editor of The New York Review of Books: writers say his departure represents ‘an abandonment of the central mission of the review, which is the free exploration of ideas’. Photograph: Vincent Tullo/The New York Times

Leading Irish writers John Banville, Colm Tóibín and Roy Foster, along with some of the biggest names in English letters, including Joyce Carol Oates,(...)

Ian MacKenzie

Okay. We’ll give them Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina, Isabel Archer and Molly Bloom. And maybe some others down through the centuries. But the female voic(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

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