The man on the RTÉ news last month was clear. Poet Patrick Kavanagh could be “scathing and colourful” in speech and was “an awkward character”. So sai(...)

Brechtian: Kate Brennan in Wayne Jordan’s production of The Plough and the Stars. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

When Seán O’Casey took his seat for the fourth night of his new drama The Plough and the Stars he dryly noted that two plays were actually taking plac(...)

John Ryan, the founding editor of Envoy, was a distinguished painter and devoted significant space to Irish artists as well as writers

First published in December 1949, Envoy was the brainchild of writer and artist John Ryan, and the poet and diplomat Valentin Iremonger. The impetu(...)