Roddy Doyle

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A young John Murphy now of Carrig On Bannow pictured meeting US President John F Kennedy in New Ross in June 1963. See next slide of John today. Photograph: National Library of Ireland

Wexford publican John Murphy (56) “couldn’t believe it” when he looked at his computer screen and saw his seven-year-old self peering up at US preside(...)

From left : Una Mullally, journaslist, Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, the civil liberties organisation, and Louise Lowe, theatre director and playwright, on the opening night of the Dublin Writers Festival, at Smock Alley Theatre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Literary festivals and the F-word make for unlikely companions, but so it was. Last night, in one of the first events of th(...)

Stunting creativity

Recalling his teaching days Roddy Doyle spoke this week of the contrast between the spontaneity and thirst for learning of children in national(...)

Novelist Roddy Doyle blamed the Irish secondary school system for causing the groupthink which was the reason “the country was now “f****ed”. Photograph: Jacob Blickenstaff

Subjects ranging from building loveable robots to how to launch a premium brand of denim jeans were among the more unusual topics covered at a(...)

Recent years have seen huge changes in the media and publishing industries, with traditional ways of printing, broadcasting, publishing and com(...)

Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley at Cúirt. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

THE reason there are so few good conversations, wrote Truman Capote, is two intelligent talkers seldom meet. He had clearly never been to a lit(...)

Master printer Sean Sills (left), technical officer at NCAD’s Distillers Press, and letterpress printer and book designer Jamie Murphy inspect antique wooden type on an Adwest flat-bed printing press. Murphy is seeking funding for The Works of Master Poldy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

US-based James Joyce fanatic Steve Cole once celebrated Bloomsday by tweeting Ulysses (...)

Master printer Sean Sills (left), technical officer at NCAD’s Distillers Press, and letterpress printer and book designer Jamie Murphy inspect antique wooden type on an Adwest flat-bed printing press. Murphy is seeking funding for The Works of Master Poldy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

US-based James Joyce fanatic Steve Cole once celebrated Bloomsday by tweeting Ulysses (...)

Even in an age when the television talent shows have become wearily familiar, auditions for a West End stage version of (...)

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