Roddy Doyle

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Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

Many tributes have been paid to writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night. President Michael(...)

Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Although he has lived in London for 20 years, and hasn’t set foot in his homeland for almost as long – “for all sorts of complicated reasons,” he says(...)

Fighting Words: Stories Inspired by Visits to the National Gallery of Ireland is a collection of 10 stories devised and written by groups of primary school students after class outings to the National Gallery on Merrion Square

From exploding grannies to ninja ghosts to clerks who give up the day job and become professional thieves, a vast cast of characters tell their storie(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will be hoping Roy Keane will remain as his assistant . Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Some things just fit hand in glove and once the notion of Roy Keane glowering on the sideline at Parkhead was floated, it was all but impossible not t(...)

Brilliant: Roddy Doyle originally wrote his new book as a story for the 2011 Dublin St Patrick’s Festival. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our economic recession and its impact on individual and nation alike may not seem a likely subject for a children’s novel, particularly one intended p(...)

Busy year: Roddy Doyle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been a busy year for Roddy Doyle. Not content with scripting the stage version of The Commitments, which is currently at the Palace Theatre in (...)

Fan fiction: the band in Joseph O’Connor’s book could only have hit big in the 1980s (like Bauhaus). Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

From Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street to Iain Banks’s Espedair Street, the rock’n’roll novel is a tricky beast. Rock fables tend to favour one of two (...)

Illustration: Clare Brennan

When he wasn’t writing very short stories or novels about war, Ernest Hemingway also came up with pithy remarks about being an author. “There is nothi(...)

Spectators line the street for the best view of the finish of stage three of the Giro d’Italia on Merrion Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

The worlds of two of Dublin’s most famous sons, Stephen Roche and Roddy Doyle, collided on Merrion Square in the city centre yesterday.As some of the (...)

“One of the attractive things at present about us to children is that what we do is not seen as schoolwork,”  says Fighting Words’ Sean Love. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Literary festivals would be nothing without writers, and writers always need readers. On Friday, as part of Cuirt’s 2014 festival, there was a (...)

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