Kevin Barry

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 Professor Diarmuid Ferriter told the MacGill summer school that the abolition of the Seanad would be a grubby power-grab by the Government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Irish Republic remains dominated by centralised powers and “unaccountable elites”, UCD historian Diarmaid Ferriter has told the MacGill summer sch(...)

Declan Meade, editor of The Stinging Fly literary magazine, at its office on St Andrew’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Every reader of international fiction will know the feeling. It descends like a mist: mysterious, slightly annoying but enticing. It’s the hunger that(...)

Bob Joyce, a grand-nephew of James Joyce, (left, with David Norris) has written a foreword to a new edition of Ulysses that uses the text of the first general Dublin edition of the work. Photograph: Frank Miller

One of the books on Leopold Bloom’s shelves, in Ulysses, is called In the Track of the Sun. Early on in Ulysses, Bloom reflects on what it would be li(...)

Demented little words
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  • June 8, 2013, 01:00

If, as some critics tell us, the past is an obsession among Irish writers, then Kevin Barry has well and truly broken that mould with his Impac award-(...)

The Irish short story “has come alive again and is wriggling and it has about it all the demonic energy (and the undeniable immediacy) of a newborn in(...)

Kevin Barry has won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, one of the world’s richest literary prizes, for his novel City of Bohane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kevin Barry has won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award, one of the world’s richest literary prizes, for his novel City of Bohane. The winne(...)

Hisham Matar’s superb novel Anatomy of a Disappearance   failed to make it past the Impac longlist.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s Kevin Barry, an artist of daring and linguistic panache, has been declared the victor. This is the third Irish Impac win to date, and at suc(...)

Author Kevin Barry, the winner of the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel, City of Bohane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As quick-witted as a stand-up comic and as serious as the best of them tend to be, Kevin Barry is not only an inspired blend of Flann O’Brien and Anth(...)

You win: Patrick Freyne cedes victory to Dawn O’Porter

COLUM McCANN ‘I play Scrabble in international Scrabble tournaments,” says Colum McCann.“Really?” I ask.“No. I haven’t played for four or five years.”(...)

Emotional: one caller said her daughter had been strapped into a high chair by a creche worker as a punishment for eating another child’s food. Photograph:  Emielke van Wyk/Gallo/Getty

It can be a charged and stressful environment, full of crying, shouting and incoherent babbling; one can understand, though not condone, how someone w(...)

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