Maeve Binchy

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Emma Gannon’s Olive takes a tried and tested formula and breathes new life into it.

Taking a group of female friends and exploring their lives and relationships is a staple of contemporary women’s fiction, from Maeve Binchy’s Circle o(...)

Author Nuala O’Faolain was truthful to the point of being self-destructive. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Why does no one ever ask me up to dance?” This was the question Nuala O’Faolain asked at an evening hooley at the Merriman School in Lisdoonvarna in (...)

Marian Keyes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Marian Keyes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times Marian Keyes: ‘I really think less value is put in general on women’s voices, across the board.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Charlotte’s Web author EB White once said that a writer should concern herself “with whatever absorbs her fancy, stirs her heart and unlimbers her typ(...)

Fr William Stuart with Syrian refugees in camp near Tyre, Lebanon.

A Dublin priest working with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon has urged people not to lose sight of the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the worl(...)

In a Word . . .

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a bestseller novel. Yes, I know, it’s hard for a man to do that these days. I could use a woman’s name. Like(...)

  Mimolette is noted in France for the role of cheese mites in creating its distinctive rind and flavour. Photograph: iStock

The late Maeve Binchy used to make an art form of eavesdropping in restaurants, at home and abroad. One day in 1978, she was having lunch in the Frenc(...)

I’ve always been a terrible eavesdropper. Photograph: iStock

“It’s way too early to tell,” the man is saying, leaning up against a display stand as though he hasn’t a hurry in the world. He is holding a jewelle(...)

1970 was a “year of militancy” for nurses, who marched in protest for the first time, as covered by The Irish TImes.

1970 was the year of the Arms Trial, escalating violence in the North, and a six-month bank strike. Apollo 13 told Houston it had a problem. Nixon cam(...)

Eunice Baily (left) and Clare Brazil have been exchanging the same Christmas by the post  since 1956. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Eunice Baily was 16 in 1956 when she first gave a Christmas card to her school friend Clare Brazil. More than six decades later, that very same Christ(...)

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, (...)

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