Maeve Binchy

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From left: ‘Irish Times’ journalists Maeve Donnellan, Nell McCafferty, Mary Maher, Geraldine Kennedy, Gabrielle Williams, Renagh Holohan (seated), Christina Murphy, Mary Cummins and Caroline Walsh.

Just before Christmas, on one of several aborted gift-shopping expeditions, I found myself sheltering from torrential rain in Chapters bookshop on Dub(...)

Literary laureate: the writer Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Louis Monier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Within the next 18 months Dublin could have a significant new literary-themed tourist attraction. That’s the plan of Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, the head of (...)

Gemma Tierney, art teacher in St Aidan’s Community College, Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The series Sectarian Murders by the Belfast photographer Paul Seawright, in 1988, placed news reports of violent events during the Troubles next to ph(...)

Robert Nicholson has been curatorof Dublin Writers Museum since it opened in 1991, a role that involves checking tickets, manning the reception desk, checking the environmental controls and planning new exhibitions. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dublin Writers Museum on Parnell Square was opened in 1991 by the then taoiseach, Charles Haughey. Robert Nicholson has occupied the role of curat(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

Ronnie Delany, the Irish Olympian who won the 1,500 metres gold medal in Melbourne in 1956. He is the ambassador for Friends of the Elderly, having taken over from the late Maeve Binchy. Photograph: Eric Luke

It is 57 years since Ronnie Delany ran the three minutes and 42.2 seconds that would define the rest of his life.The passing of the years has not dimi(...)

Kathryn Stockett author of ‘The Help’

American novel The Help was the most borrowed adult fiction book in Irish libraries last year, according to figures from the Local Government Manageme(...)

Capri, Ard Mhuire Park, Dalkey: €875,000, Savills

Capri, 23 Ard Mhuire Park Capri is a well monikered house. Its sunny disposition evokes images of the Italian honeymoon destination, even on a dr(...)

Gordon Snell (left), husband of Maeve Binchy, with Roisin Ingle and Denis Staunton of The Irish Times at the book launch last night. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The best way to get to know Maeve Binchy was simply to read her reports in The Irish Times, the newspaper’s Literary Editor, Fintan O’Toole, said last(...)

Maeve’s Times is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days(...)

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