Kevin Barry

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Dr Maurice Manning, chair of the Expert Advisory Group, and Catherine Heaney, chair of National Museum of Ireland, at the opening of the Irish Wars Gallery 1919-1923 exhibition at the  museum  in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Politicians have been told it “will be a shame, and shameful” if the tolerance that has marked the Decade of Commemorations is lost following the cont(...)

A mole within Dublin Castle was able to identify all 37 men in a photograph of F Company which reported to the chief of police in Dublin Castle and was involved in intelligence. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

The lengths to which the IRA went to target enemy intelligence officers in the War of Independence is revealed in a photograph album which has never b(...)

Donal Dineen: My album of the year is Sentinel by Jape. Photograph: Bríd O’Donovan
Donal Dineen: On My Culture Radar

Current favourite book Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier is a comic masterpiece. It’s based around two aging drug dealers who travel to Spain (...)

“Exhibition text... can open doors into ways of thinking about the artwork; it can talk about important historical facts or writings; it can lead you into a parallel way of thinking about something else or can be entirely descriptive of what you see.”

In October, I went to the gallery at Project Arts Centre. The first thing I saw was a wooden frame, and the second a large poster on the wall: no imag(...)

Schubertreise XXII

Sunday, December 15th Schubertreise XXII NCH, Kevin Barry Recital Room, Dublin; link Bass Conor Biggs and pianist Michel Stas reach the 22nd instalm(...)

Dubray Books managing director Maria Dickenson: “I think Irish readers love communication and coming into the store where they meet the staff and other customers.”
Keeping it in the family

Ireland’s SMEs have shown incredible resilience and flexibility over the years. One wonders how some of them are still standing, having endured some o(...)

Comedian Alison Spittle.

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

Paul Merton: the comedian’s grandfather James Power was a British soldier turned revolutionary. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty

PAUL MERTON ON HIS IRISH REVOLUTIONARY GRANDFATHER, 30 YEARS OF HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU, AND HIS NEW BOOK OF 80 FUNNY STORIES, SKETCHES AND SCRIPTS(...)

Back row, left to right, Stig Abell, Juno Dawson, Kit de Waal, Syima Aslam, with (front row left to right) Mariella Frostrup and Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC-assembled panel who chose a new BBC list of 100 important  novels that shaped our world. Photograph: David Emery/BBC/PA Wire

Pick a side. Obviously, the BBC’s list of “100 Novels that Shaped Our World” is terrible. All such lists are terrible. Each one generates complaints (...)

15 Usher’s Island: ‘not just another house connected with Joyce’

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has rejected suggestions she should intervene to “save” the house at 15 Usher’s Island known as James Joyce’s Hou(...)

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