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 (...)

Sheila Forsey is an honours graduate from Maynooth in creative writing. The Secret of Eveline House is published by Poolbeg Press

Tell us about your new work and how it came about – the story behind the story. My new book is a work of historical fiction and is called The Secret o(...)

A photograph of the late broadcaster Marian Finucane sits beside a book of condolence at the RTÉ Radio Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The funeral of RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane will take place on Tuesday next in Co Kildare. Her remains will arrive at St Brigid’s Church, Kill, f(...)

 Marian Finucane died suddenly on Thursday at home, aged 69 . Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

Marian Finucane died suddenly on Thursday at home, aged 69. Here are some of her memorable quotes and broadcasting moments. Women’s rights 1991: Mar(...)

Marian Finucane: Her most memorable interview was with her great friend, the writer Nuala O’Faolain, in 2009, when O’Faolain was terminally ill with cancer.

Marian Finucane, one of the country’s most respected and influential broadcasters, died suddenly at her home on Thursday. She was 69. Over the course (...)

Marian Finucane pictured in 1993 during her Liveline days. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Marian Finucane, who has died at age 69, was so established in later years as one of the biggest names in RTÉ that it was easy to forget that she star(...)

President Michael D Higgins said the country had lost a “deeply respected, trusted and much loved broadcaster” who had become central to her profession.  Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Marian Finucane was remembered as a formidable radio presence who had throughout a decades-long career held the pulse of a nation. Within moments of (...)

Down under: Anne Casey in the Blue Mountains in Australia. Photograph: John Kelly

This year marks an uneasy halfway for me, I have been in Australia for as long as I lived in Ireland. So where does that leave me? The truth, I have c(...)

If there really is a heaven somewhere, complete with pearly gates, I suspect that new arrivals will be welcomed there to the trumpeted strains of Gall(...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

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