I find it hard to watch television on Christmas Eve. There’s too much tinsel, and jingle bells and sentimental movies on every channel with nice guys (...)

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

On my way to Galway I stopped in a charity shop and met an old woman with a coloured hat, and lots of bags, who looked like she was on medication beca(...)

 Chief Supt Harry Breen: unarmed and waving a white handkerchief, he was shot in the back of the head: Photograph: McCartan Turkington Breen/PA

About twenty to four on March 20th, 1989, Finbarr King heard the ugliest sound in the world: the howl of triumph that goes up from a human wolfpack j(...)

Niamh Boyce, ‘The Herbalist’. Winner of The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

The Irish publishing world celebrated the best in Irish writing last night, at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. More than 500 guests atte(...)

In the old days Cavan women had a tendency to force-feed other humans. Some anthropologists thought it was due to poverty in the Drumlin region, a pla(...)

Michael Harding. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I was in a hotel in Cork one night last week, stuffing myself with duck and ice cream and home-made chocolates, and washing it all down with brandy, w(...)

Níall McDonagh, cousin of the late hurler Niall Donohue . Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Two weeks ago, Níall McDonagh stayed up for most of the night to write about his cousin. He had much to draw from, for several thousand words had by t(...)

Michael Harding. Photograph: Brian Farrell

I was staring at witches in a shop window in Tralee last week. Vampires and zombies and green rubber devils, and a black hand reaching up from the flo(...)

Michael Harding. Photograph: Brian Farrell

I brought acorns home with me from Warsaw. Three little acorns that were still green when I picked them up off the grass near Saski Park, where I woul(...)

Michael Harding at Lough Allen, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Last weekend I was in an exclusive Dublin nightclub where real men talk to real men, and women hang on; a very masculine world, and a place I associat(...)

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