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Jamie Guiney: a talent for atmosphere and setting

The circle of life is the focus of Jamie Guiney’s debut collection The Wooden House, 18 short stories that show a promising writer who needs to delve (...)

“In the UK, it’s hard to make a case that there’s a popular love of the short story,” says publisher Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes is a founding editor of Unthank Books and their Unthology series – a periodic anthology of short fiction from new and established writer(...)

Bono: Help invaluable even if the U2 frontman is not an investor. Photograph: The Irish Times

The exact date of the telephone call is unknown, but the Lobbying Register records that sometime between January 1st and April 30th this year Bono ra(...)

Models Anastasia and Niamh McCormack. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The car park in the Westbury Hotel was the venue for an outstanding NCAD fashion show with thirty two graduates, twice the usual number, showing their(...)

Saoirse Ronan arrives for the British Independent Film Awards   in December. “In terms of acting talent, it’s almost ridiculous the extent to which Irish male and female actors punch above their weight internationally.” Photograph: Will Oliver

Before the Oscar nominations are revealed this week, it is impossible not to assume multiple nominations for the Irish. When that happens, you have to(...)

‘She felt a small, quiet panic rise up inside of her. It was the panic of a swimmer who has drifted out, little by little, on a rogue current and who(...)

‘Penny Dreadful’, which is filmed in Ardmore: the pennies have been mounting up at the film studio after a strong financial performance

Ardmore Film Studios has reported a fourfold increase in profit as it continues to recover from a slump that had threatened its future. Chief executiv(...)

Anne O’Mahony’s reputation for corsetry, cut, handsewing and tailoring has been firmly established. Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘A dress can’t change anything”, argues a character in The Dressmaker, a new revenge comedy movie with Kate Winslet (due here later in the year) se(...)

Josh Hartnett and Eva Green in the second series of Penny Dreadful

Behind every vampire is a great prosthetics department. And props. And wardrobe. The first series of Penny Dreadful, Sky Atlantic’s slick gothic-ho(...)

Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

It’s not easy being a house plant. Too often, it’s expected to have the endurance skills of a French Foreign legionnaire along with a supernatural (...)

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