Mary Costello

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Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has qualified for a tax exemption on earnings related to her memoir published earlier this year.

Former Irish president Mary McAleese, rock band Fontaines D.C. and actor Domhnall Gleeson were among the writers, musicians and artists awarded tax ex(...)

Bad Sex winners: John Harvey and Didier Decoin, who share the 2019 award

In a year of two Booker prize winners and two Nobel laureates, the Bad Sex in Fiction Award has plumped for two recipients of “Britain’s most dreaded (...)

Mary Costello: the Irish author has been nominated for a passage in her latest novel, The River Capture

The Irish author Mary Costello has been shortlisted for this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award. She joins Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of E(...)

The funeral mass of Mary Noonan took place at the Church of The Assumption, Loughill, Co. Limerick  The coffin leaves the Church followed by her brother Michael and other family members. Photograph: Press 22

Former Fine Gael leader and senior minister Michael Noonan has paid a tearful tribute at the funeral of his sister Mary, who was one of three wom(...)

Former minister for finance Michael Noonan and his sister Mary Noonan. File photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Former minister for finance Michael Noonan’s sister Mary was of the three women in their 70s killed in Thursday’s car crash in west Limerick. Mary N(...)

Jessie Greengrass: ‘a lifetime’s inculcated faith in the explanatory power of books’

“She told me that without reflection, without the capacity to trace our lives backwards and pick the patterns out, we become liable to act as animals (...)

Fourth class pupils at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, with Arts Council director Orlaith McBride and writer Siobhán Parkinson. The Writers in Schools programme recently celebrated its 40th birthday. Photograph:  Andres Poveda

It’s Friday afternoon, an hour before school closes, but the fifth class students at St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross betray no giddiness a(...)

Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

‘Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is the finest book on a very good shortlist.’

Misgivings aside about amalgamating two important literary prizes appear to have been silenced by the newly reconstituted award’s inaugural shortlist.(...)

International Dublin Literary Award: the 10 books on the shortlist

First the good news: the judging panel of the International Dublin Literary Award is to be congratulated on including in this year’s shortlist, which (...)

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