Kate O Brien

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Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

‘Two men walk on the Moon’: A section of the front page of The Irish Times on July 21st, 1969

It was Monday, February 22nd, 1965, and a headline on the front page of The Irish Times asked a vital question about the moon: will man sink into the (...)

The point was not to get to the moon but to return from its great desolation,  to come back to this astonishing Earth. Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

What moved me as a child in 1969 wasn’t the moon landing but the dramatic splashdown I thought very seriously about whether I could get the gold(...)

Gráinne Long and Buddy: her parents moved to Malmö and their house in Mayo was rented out. “My first thought was, what’s going to happen to the dog?”

When Gráinne Long moved from Mayo to Dublin for college, she assumed she would be returning to Westport some weekends, at Christmas and during the sum(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen

The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’s novel was publ(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

Catherine Fulvio: She will talk about her new book A Taste of Home at a supper club at the Itsa cafe in Dundrum.

There’s a very American feel to the revamped Dunnes Stores foodhall in Cornelscourt, Dublin 18, from the extra wide lanes – no trolly rage here – to (...)

Research shows that women over 60 have to lift weights more often than younger women to maintain their muscle mass and muscle size. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” according to Virginia Woolf. To add to that, you cannot grow strong, be str(...)

Roger Casement: although not named in the article, he was responsible for attempting to recruit into the German Irish Brigade

February 5th, 1916 A Times reporter who interviewed exchanged prisoners of war found that many Irish among them had been induced to join the “German(...)

Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

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