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Actor Chris O’Dowd arrives for the American Theatre Wing’s 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, last night.

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd lost to Bryan Cranston for best actor as LBJ in All The Way at the 68th annual Tony Awards last night. O’Dowd, from Boyle, Co(...)

‘Seamus Heaney suggested that if the American national myth is the frontier, the Irish national myth is the bog.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Through such writers as Beckett, Shaw and Wilde, Irish literature cannot be accused of ignoring philosophy, but very often it features as the butt (...)

Chris O’Dowd received the nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his performance in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” opposite Hollywood star James Franco.

Irish actors Chris O’Dowd and Sarah Greene have been nominated for Tony Awards, Broadway’s answer to the Oscars. O’Dowd, from Boyle, Co R(...)

A selection of the shopfronts from Dublin Shops: Photographs by Paul Tierney

‘He passed, dallying, the windows of Brown Thomas, silk mercers. Cascades of ribbons. Flimsy China silks,” wrote James Joyce in (...)

Willy Vlautin: “I just wrote for myself, as a way of keeping my head straight.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a natural goodness about the American writer Willy Vlautin. In this era of superhype, in which many authors appear wary, impatient or (...)

Beware the wise words of others

Last week I got an email from a young reader asking me to pass on the wisest piece of advice that I had ever been given. I thought for a (...)

When Clio Barnard’s film The Selfish Giant was unveiled triumphantly at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight last May, more than a few critics bandied arou(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

Despite having written several of the finest British novels of the past 20 years – including Arcadia (...)

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