The programme for government commits the Coalition to establishig a citizens’ assembly on the future of education “ensuring that the voices of young people and those being educated are central”. Photograph: iStock

It’s just a single line in the programme for government – but it has the potential to revitalise education for the 21st century. “We will establish a(...)

Susannah Dickey gets the reader on board quickly and refuses to let them flinch.

In the hands of a skilled writer that lesser-spotted animal, the second-person voice, can be used to great effect in fiction. Sara Baume gave a (...)

The Boomtown Rats: Ireland’s original all-conquering rockers. Photograph: Ian Dickson/Redferns

Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats were, Thin Lizzy-excepted, Ireland’s original all-conquering rockers. Back when U2 were just a twinkle in the eye of (...)

Colm Tóibín: Whose job is it to solve the crisis? How strange that now, in the light of a housing crisis, one aspect of de Valera’s legacy (...)

Comedian Alison Spittle.

Richie Sadlier Sports pundit, psychotherapist and former professional footballer Richie Sadlier’s book is raw without ever being miserable(...)

Woman Reading, Roderic O’Conor, €30,000-€50,000 Adam’s

From childhood, art has captivated the collector Patrick Murphy, but it was in the early 1960s, at a Fleadh Cheoil in Enniscorthy, that his passion fo(...)

Julie Cox with her mother Jill Cox outside the Beaufield Mews Restaurant,  Stillorgan, Co Dublin in 2001. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Beaufield Mews restaurant in Stillorgan, Co Dublin, is to close its doors for the last time at the end of this month bringing an end to service af(...)

Corcadorca: The Sameby Enda Walsh, directed at Galway Airport, Carnmore

Redemption Falls An Taibhdhearc, Galway; July 28th, 8pm (Sat mat 2pm) In a way, music got the Mooney family into this mess. Set in the aftermath of t(...)

Redemption Falls overlays a patchwork of Irish histories across the events of the American civil war

REDEMPTION FALLS An Taibhdhearc ★★★★☆ Following Moonfish’s success with Star of The Sea in 2014, Redemption Falls is one of the most eagerly awaited(...)

Almost any woman you would meet by chance, she asserts, would make a better husband than almost any man ever born, according to English actor Ellen Terry. Photograph: iStock

“Know a man for 15 minutes and you know him for life, he will never surprise you again, he wouldn’t know how to; asking would only frighten him.” Thi(...)

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