Roald Dahl classic ‘The BFG’ was the fifth most borrowed book from Dublin City Council libraries in 2017.

More than €360,000 in fines were levied on people who dropped their books back late to the library last year across Dublin. Dublin City Council had t(...)

Cecelia Ahern fantasises about “a surreal magical room, where I could call a book and it would fly off the shelves and land in my hand, like in ‘Matilda’”.

Would I sound crazy if I admitted to knowing that I have 16,344cm of shelving in my house, of which 10,322cm are filled, leaving me room for about 3,0(...)

New Irish writers: Olivia Kiernan, Caroline O’Donoghue, Helen Cullen, Rebecca O’Connor, Danny Dentonand Caoilinn Hughes

Helen Cullen The Lost Letters of William Woolf  (Penguin, July) William Woolf works as a letter detective in the dead letters depot of east Lond(...)

Just Walliams: David Walliams received the international recognition award at the Irish Book Awards in Dublin last month. Photograph; Phillip Massey/Getty Images

David Walliams is by some distance the bestselling author in Ireland in 2017. Children’s author Walliams has sold an astonishing 177,045 books to dat(...)

Prison drama: inmates watch David Ganly in Sebastian Barry’s On Blueberry Hill at Mountjoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“All the history of nothing that passes for life here,” says David Ganly, looking out across the small auditorium in a basement wing of Mountjoy Priso(...)

Ollie West in Dead Centre’s Hamnet.  Photograph:  Gianmarco Bresadola

Hamnet Peacock Theatre, Dublin ★★★★★ Who haunted Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet? A play so steeped in death, full of demanding fathers, hapless son(...)

Willie White, artist director of the Dublin Theatre Festival blowing the 60th anniversary candles with Lynn Parker  (Rough Magic, Melt ), Ollie West (from  Hamnet), Grace Cathal (from Girl Song) and Sean McGinley (from King of the Castle, Druid). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Launching the 60th anniversary programme of the Dublin Theatre Festival, its director Willie White surveyed the 31 productions and pointed out “there (...)

Number 27 Longford Terrace Monkstown: the  whole building extends to 441sq m (4,746sq ft)

  The Victorian houses on Longford Terrace were definitely built to impress. Lofty proportions, huge windows, imposing living spaces: no wonder t(...)

On yer bike: Rooney Mara and Jack Reynor in The Secret Scripture

Jim Sheridan begins and ends his adaptation of a much-loved Sebastian Barry novel in risky fashion. Vanessa Redgrave is here to unreliably narrate a t(...)

Soothing tributes flowed from the pens of Irish bishops and others when former bishop Eamonn Casey (above) and cardinal Desmond Connell died. Photograph: Frank Miller

Never speak ill of the dead? Soothing tributes flowed from the pens of Irish bishops and others when first cardinal Desmond Connell and then former bi(...)

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