Sean O Faolain

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Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

Sir Hamer Greenwood, chief secretary for Ireland, inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)

What is the greatest single performance in the Irish theatre in the last 25 years? A silly question, perhaps. But if I had to answer it, I would say i(...)

Auxiliaries question a postman in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has found out late in the day that disentangling the memory of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) (...)

Jan Carson: a writer with a pleasingly distinctive style

In her fiction to date, the Belfast writer Jan Carson has always found inventive ways to treat her overarching themes of trauma and legacy. In her deb(...)

Google’s Aparna Chennapragada talks about the augmented reality stickers feature of the Pixel 2 smartphone. Photograph: Getty Images

Seán Ó Faoláin’s famous quote – “There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality(...)

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted injunctions, on an ex parte basis (one side only represented), preventing the defendants harassing the doctor at his home or his place of work. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

A doctor has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing a builder and a debt collector menacing and intimidating him over a disputed debt of(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

Country girls: Edna O’Brien’s invocation of women characters who dared desire more from life than the traditional domestic and sexual servitude was revolutionary. Photograph: Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Getty

I wakened quickly and sat up in bed abruptly. It is only when I am anxious that I waken easily and for a minute I did not know why my heart was beatin(...)

Elizabeth Bowen and Louis MacNeice: radio was an important influence, offering a powerful mass medium for the spoken word

In Seamus Heaney’s 1995 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he credited an unusual source for his early immersion in poetry. Heaney began his speech with a(...)

Jimmy Barry Murphy in action against Galway in the 1986 All-Ireland final. He epitomised the traditional style and confidence of Cork teams. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho Billy Stickland

There is steel in Cork. There is flint and the spark of fire. I would not, I repeat, be born out of it. – Séan Ó Faoláin. Everyone seems to be miss(...)

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