Maeve Binchy

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Peter Hain (left), then secretary of state for Northern Ireland, presents Aidan Hennigan  with an OBE at a reception at the Irish Embassy in London in April  2006, in recognition of his long service to journalism. File photograph:John Stillwell/PA

Former Irish Press London editor Aidan Hennigan OBE died today a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. Francis Aidan Bernard Hennigan, to give him (...)

GPO in O’Connell Street, Dublin: a long musical tradition since Radio Éireann.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Festival in Great Irish Houses, founded in 1970, was originally based in Castletown House and Carton House. Its director, David Laing, told the l(...)

Andrews Lane Theatre: in a central location between Trinity Street and Exchequer Street, it premiered plays by Maeve Binchy and Roddy Doyle. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Andrews Lane Theatre in central Dublin has been acquired for €4.4 million by a consortium of private investors led by Adrian Shanagher’s Firebreak Hos(...)

We all know not to anger the feminists by calling books written by women “chick lit” but often the terms used to replace it are just as grating. Take (...)

Róisín Ingle and Olivia O’Leary at The Women’s Podcast Nollaig na Mban event. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Joan Burton, Miriam O’Callaghan and Olivia O’Leary are just a few of the powerful women in politics and media who will convene in the north Kerry town(...)

People who are not from Galway sometimes argue that its folk spend too much time parading in huge papier mâché heads. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

How’s about you? Here’s a true story (some details of which have been tweaked). Two weeks ago, I was in Connolly Station waiting for a train to Occupi(...)

Kate Kerrigan at home in Killala, Co Mayo, with her editor Rosie de Courcy, right,  who also edited Maeve Binchy: “Darling,” she kept saying. “I went through exactly this process with Maeve on Circle of Friends.”

‘Do you know – this is the very spot where I first met Maeve?’ I don’t know quite what I was expecting from Rosie de Courcy, the London editor who fir(...)

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby film. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is an option on the 2017 single text list for Leaving Cert

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has topped reading lists all over the world this summer. The story of the long-hidden second novel by the bestsellin(...)

Maeve Binchy, flanked by the actresses Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (left) and Minnie Driver, at the Irish premiere of the film ‘Circle of Friends’, based on her novel of the same name, in the Savoy Cinema, Dublin, on May 10, 1995. Photograph: Paddy Whelan / THE IRISH TIMES . . .

When we have “ahhhh” pictures in this column, they often feature cute furry animals, small children – or some improbable combination of both. Few of (...)

Portland Bill Lighthouse harbour stormy sea getty images

Let’s get the embarrassing admission out of the way: when I first heard that the inaugural Maeve Binchy Travel Award was open for submissions my in(...)

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