Roddy Doyle

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 The word “gobshite” made its long-awaited debut in the New York Times this week. Photograph: Getty Images

This week’s exciting news from the US – that the word “gobshite” had made its debut appearance in the New York Times – sent me delving into this newsp(...)

We figure out what paternity means by emulating or reacting against our fathers and their fathers and their fathers’ fathers. Photograph: Getty

Fatherhood is a kind of makey-up thing, it has to be invented every time, but it has come into its own in lockdown During the lockdown, almost e(...)

TikTok: it’s a young person thing. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

“Quiet on set!” Now that the pretence of distance learning has dissolved and giddy anarchy reigns in our house, this is the phrase I hear most often f(...)

Great Irish movies: Eamonn Owens as Francie Brady in The Butcher Boy, directed by Neil Jordan

IN VERY PARTICULAR ORDER, HERE’S OUR (CURRENTLY DEFINITIVE) PICK OF THE GREATEST IRISH MOVIES EVER MADE No sane person will sincerely claim that(...)

John Boyne: ‘I literally started a new relationship, but he’s in London and we’re just at the early days. We’re talking every day but it’s a weird way to start a relationship where all of it’s on Skype or Whatsapp.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the writer John Boyne has organised an impromptu short-story competition for children, with €7,200 worth of book toke(...)

The NCH receives approximately €2.8m in State funding per year. Photograph: Mark Stedman

The National Concert Hall (NCH) must consider the “changing nature of music tastes” in future programming to reduce financial losses, the venue’s boa(...)

Bohemians’ Keith Ward amused by the conditions during Saturday’s Airtricity  League Premier Division match against Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

When King Mongkut of Siam hired Jodie Foster to be his children’s teacher, you wonder did he tell her in advance that he had 82 of them in all, with j(...)

Colm Meaney: ‘So much of Britain was destroyed in the ’80s.’ Photograph: Walter McBride/WireImage

Colm Meaney may have flown in from the Irish Post Awards in London – having been before that in Majorca at one of his homes – but sitting in a Dublin (...)

Roddy Doyle  at the Fighting Words centre: ‘Did our grandparents fight for the Leaving Cert? I don’t think so.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The writer Roddy Doyle has said he would scrap the Leaving Certificate, if given the opportunity, saying the exam had become part of an “utterly corru(...)

Ian Lloyd Anderson as Jack and Kate Stanley Brennan as Nora in The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Extensive touring with works, including Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints, sent box office receipts at the Abbey Theatre soaring to €3.29 million last year. Ac(...)

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