Roddy Doyle

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David Kempster in Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’: a new translation by Roddy Doyle will be staged at the Dublin Theatre Festival

If only common sense were not so rare. Just look at the Arts Council and the mess it has been in for years with its Festivals and Events Scheme. This (...)

Illustration by Dearbhla Kelly: ‘I went with this because I couldn’t choose a favourite character so I just tried to cram as many references (from memory) in there as possible’

Roddy Doyle I didn’t know Roald Dahl’s books when I was a child and I’ve never read his adult fiction. I started to read his children’s books when I(...)

The Writers’ Quarter: a man is strapped to a chair, his head hanging down, a gas mask attached to his mouth. His body shudders, words dripping into his subconscious, one by one. Photograph: Juan Monino/Getty

I wake and I am cold. I wake and I am hungry. I wake and I start to search for the words, for the stories. “Veronica.” I grab her shoulder and sq(...)

Irish soccer fans  watch Ireland playing Sweden in the Living Room bar on Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“It’s our best European Championships since 1988,” says a man ordering a pint of stout seconds after the final whistle blows. He wasn’t wrong and that(...)

Illustration: iStock

The missus and me were up on the roof of the Ilac shopping centre, trying to catch a few eels for dinner, when we saw the ship come drifting out of t(...)

New literary style: Roddy Doyle around 1993. Photograph: Nutan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

– Paddy Clarke – Paddy Clarke – Has no da. – Ha ha ha. I didn’t listen to them. They were only kids. If Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy (the entry(...)

Young writers who have created stories and poetry for Fighting Words. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Given our name, you might think that describing what we do is easy – and in one sense it is – we nurture creativity. But, in another sense, it is very(...)

To unpick what really happened, we need to consider the deeply peculiar phenomenon that is the @GerryAdamsSF Twitter account. Photograph: The Irish Times

“The Irish are the n****rs of Europe. ” So Jimmy Rabbitte famously told the band in Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel The Commitments. But that line didn’t mak(...)

 Mick O’Dea’s portrait of Eamon de Valera. In Tom Murphy’s An Aspect of the Rising, the prostitute  works herself into erotic ecstasies by unleashing a torrent of blistering invective towards the Long Fellow. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Of all the myths of Easter 1916, perhaps the most misleading is that the Rising was relentlessly mythologised. That may have been true in the politic(...)

Andrews Lane Theatre: in a central location between Trinity Street and Exchequer Street, it premiered plays by Maeve Binchy and Roddy Doyle. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Andrews Lane Theatre in central Dublin has been acquired for €4.4 million by a consortium of private investors led by Adrian Shanagher’s Firebreak Hos(...)

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