Mary Lavin

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Ann Ingle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ann Ingle has published her first book at the age of 82. That book, Openhearted, tells the story of her life with her late husband, Peter, as they gra(...)

 Patrick Kavanagh. Photograph: Elinor Wiltshire/National Library of Ireland

Among the books that landed on my desk recently was “From the Grand Canal to the Dodder”, subtitled “Illustrious Lives”, by Beatrice M Doran, a sort o(...)

Kathy Rose O’Brien stars as Vera in In the Middle of the Fields

In the Middle of the Fields ★★★★ West Wall Walkway, Kilmallock Timing is everything and what better time to explore the themes of isolation, grief an(...)

The church had the monopoly on damnation and salvation. The  mother and baby homes  were the outward sign of this inward terror. Photograph: iStock

Mary Lavin’s story Sarah, written in 1943, begins: “Sarah had a bit of a bad name.” It ends, a few laconic pages later, with Sarah in a ditch “dead as(...)

Sinead Moriarty: ‘Paris is my favourite city in the world’

Current favourite book The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth Winthrop reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is high praise, but that’s how much I loved it(...)

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(...)

Exterior of the refurbished Bewley's Cafe on Grafton Street in Dublin, which reopens today. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bewley’s of Grafton Street in Dublin has had a top-to-bottom renovation costing €12 million, but for many of the customers first through the(...)

The published  work of Anthony Cronin, pictured in 2004, included 14 volumes of poetry, novels,  and biographies of Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien. Photograph: Frank Miller

The death yesterday of poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin brings to an end a remarkable link with the bohemian literary world of mid-20th centur(...)

Poet, novelist and critic  Anthony Cronin has died aged 88. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The Irish poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin has died. He was 88. Cronin was one of the best known cultural commentators in Ireland over the l(...)

Bective House, aerial shot indicates poor condition of house and buildings, and its magnificent surroundings

Once described as one of Co Meath’s finest estates and “a trophy buy” for a Celtic-tiger era millionaire, the 180-acre walled demesne Bective House o(...)

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