Edna O Brien

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President Michael D Higgins and  Roger Doyle at a ceremony honouring the composer as a Saoi in Aosdána, in recognition of  outstanding achievement in the arts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Composer Roger Doyle, a member of Aosdána since 1986, has been been awarded the organisation’s highest honour. He was elected a Saoi earlier this year(...)

 Luggala: Mick Jagger and U2 partied alongside poets, painters, actors and models

Luggala, the Co Wicklow estate that was home to the late Guinness heir Garech Browne, has been sold for what is believed to be significantly less than(...)

John Wayne drags poor Maureen O’Hara across the windy turf like a cave man

Ask your dad about the mini-scandal that gathered around a TV series called The Spike in 1978. At this point Ireland was — to employ a term favoured(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with   Roger Doyle at a ceremony marking the composers elevation to  Saoi by  Aosdána, which is in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. . Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The composer Roger Doyle was made a Saoi (wise one) of Aosdána at a ceremony on Friday addressed by President Michael D Higgins. Only seven members o(...)

Declan Buckley, aka Shirley Temple Bar.

Current favourite book I’ve just finished Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri. It has a different resonance to a drag queen: it’s about being an (...)

Maura Higgins in Love Island

What has Maura Higgins, the pride of Ballymahon and the most striking personality on Love Island have to do with Lady Hazel Lavery whose image represe(...)

Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award: Danielle McLaughlin is shortlisted alongside her fellow Irish writers Kevin Barry and Louise Kennedy

Much has been written about the boom in Irish writing, buoyed by the apparently ceaseless tide of new voices: not a smattering of talent making a spla(...)

’We’ve coped with 800 years of occupation, famine and popery but this, this satirical song about PAYE taxpayers, sung to the tune of 'YMCA' by Twink, Dermot Morgan and Larry Gogan, this more than makes up for that.’ Photograph: RTÉ

Last weekend RTÉ1 broadcast an all Twink clip show called Twinkling Through the Years. In it, Twink, the woman born Adele King, stands bespectacled an(...)

The Eagles performing at  the 3Arena, Dublin, on Saturday night. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for The Irish Times

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” The George Bernard Shaw quote was delivered by chief Eagle Don Henle(...)

 A scene from the Abbey Theatre’s new version of Edna O’Brien novel The Country Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Hundreds of people were left disappointed on Friday evening after the Abbey Theatre cancelled a performance of Edna O’Brien’s The County Girls shortly(...)

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