Maeve Binchy

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Maria Symonds-Gooding: a green-painted wooden crane for pots and kettles to be heated over an open fire came from the house of Peig Sayers.

There is an important piece of social history in a stone cottage near Dunquin in west Kerry; a cottage that appears modest in size on first entering, (...)

Writer Maeve Binchy could never have foreseen that her deploring of “etiquette fiends”, with their notions of social graces, would inadvertently kicks(...)

Laurence Olivier in Henry V

With the Halloween Brexit deadline apparently receding, the call to arms from Act IV of Shakespeare’s Henry V may get fewer outings today than it woul(...)

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(...)

Marian Keyes: feck is “nothing like the other word, the one with the u”

With British prime minister Boris Johnson not long departed after a flying visit to Dublin, and the Irish question and backstop being hotly debated ac(...)

Kinnegad Plaza: staff at the Mac’s Place carvery. Photograph: Alan Betson

DRIVING AROUND IRELAND HAS CHANGED A LOT AS BIG, BRIGHT SERVICE STATIONS HAVE CROPPED UP ALONG THE MOTORWAY NETWORK, INCLUDING THE NEWLY OPENED KIN(...)

Several hundred families drawn from Kerry, Limerick and Cork intermingle on the sand when the sun shines in Ballybunion. Photograph: Mark Durkan

My Australian wife isn’t a fan of beaches or hot weather. She loves living in Ireland, where sun and sand rarely interfere with her love of books, rai(...)

Shay Linehan: adapter for the stage of three of the late Maeve Binchy’s books

Born: June 26th, 1954 Died: June 20th, 2019 Shay Linehan, who has died aged 64, led a double life, in the best sense of that term. A dramatist of con(...)

A play so dependent on dramatic cliche will be a great success. Photograph: Caleb Purcell

LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE Everyman Theatre, Co Cork ★★☆☆☆ From this adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s novel, it is unfair that the most honest of writers will (...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On a tour of Ireland, one might easily ask: where are the women? There are statues to a few (we counted just five), a smattering of commemorative plaq(...)

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