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Normal People: Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/RTÉ

With all that’s going on in the world, it’s hard to begrudge people a bit of harmless nostalgia. Sure enough, it’s Throwback Thursday on Liveline (RTÉ(...)

Brendan and Breda Butler safely indoors in their home in Malahide, Co Dublin: they will take refuge in reading. Photograph: Tom Honan

Brendan Butler (77) and Breda (72) were surviving day three of “the Cocoon” on Monday despite a feeling of being “hemmed in” in their north Co Dublin (...)

Sinéad Gleeson:  “Buy vouchers for theatres and make a pact with yourself to see more plays when we’re out the other side of this pandemic.” Photograph:  Bríd O’Donovan

Current favourite book Elaine Feeney’s As You Were is published soon and tells the story of a woman who has cancer but keeps it from her family,(...)

Kevin Barry. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty

Kevin Barry: ‘We’re all having the wombles’ I was sitting on a bench at the smokers’ section outside Madrid airport last week, just taking a break fr(...)

Anne Enright's new novel explores gender, memory, family, art and glamour through the story of relationship between an actress and her daughter (...)

Colm Tóibín: Whose job is it to solve the crisis? How strange that now, in the light of a housing crisis, one aspect of de Valera’s legacy (...)

Writer and comedian Tara Flynn will feature at a Nollaig na mBan event on Monday evening in Epic, the Irish Emigration Museum in the Dublin city centre CHQ building.  Photograph:  Ruth Connolly

Events to celebrate Nollaig na mBan, or women’s Christmas, will take place across the country on Monday. Known also as Little Christmas, Nollaig na m(...)

After another 10 years of digital encroachment and data collection, the hidden self is now fully exposed. It is a valuable resource that is harvest(...)

Dubray Books managing director Maria Dickenson: “I think Irish readers love communication and coming into the store where they meet the staff and other customers.”
Keeping it in the family

Ireland’s SMEs have shown incredible resilience and flexibility over the years. One wonders how some of them are still standing, having endured some o(...)

The Book Show would seem to throw Rick O’Shea a lifeline, but its run has only been guaranteed until Christmas. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

With hindsight, Rick O’Shea admits he was out of his depth. Back in 2015, when he was offered the job of hosting The Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, (...)

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