Brendan Behan

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Guinness heir Tara Browne who died in December 1966 with his wife Nikki photographed by Michael Cooper Copyright the Michael Cooper Collection

Like many young Irish couples, my parents moved to England in the mid-1960s when its capital city just happened to be the coolest point on the planet.(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

In a Word . . . Shower

I have not had a bath in years. In fact I cannot remember the last time I just let it all soak away. It means I am in the halfpenny place compared to(...)

There appears to be a sense emanating from within Tesco that it has laid the foundations for an improved run at the market in Ireland. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

A little more than a year ago, multinational grocer Tesco wasn’t so much the giant tanker of the Irish market. Rather, it was tanking. Its sales from(...)

Anthony Cronin: found poetry “not only pleasurable but in a funny sort of way a consolation and an illumination to read”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Anthony Cronin is ensconced next to a bookshelf in his living room with a reading light shining over his shoulder. This venerable man of Irish letter(...)

New literary style: Roddy Doyle around 1993. Photograph: Nutan/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

– Paddy Clarke – Paddy Clarke – Has no da. – Ha ha ha. I didn’t listen to them. They were only kids. If Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy (the entry(...)

WEST TYRONE CANDIDATES: Michaela Boyle (Sinn Féin); Allan Bresland (DUP); Barry Brown (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol); Thomas Buchanan (DUP); Josephine Anne Deehan (Ind); Stephen Donnelly (Alliance Party); Corey French (Ind); Ross Hussey (UUP); Patsy Kelly (Ind); Roger Lomas (Conservatives); Declan McAleer (Sinn Féin); Laura McAnea (Animal Welfare Party); Sorcha McAnespy (Ind); Ciaran McClean (Green Party); Daniel McCrossan (SDLP); Grace McDermott (Sinn Féin); Barry McElduff (Sinn Féin); Susan-Anne White (Ind).

It’s all over in West Tyrone. Three Sinn Féin MLAs have been elected: Barry McElduff, Michaela Boyle and Declan McAleer. After a very long day of cou(...)

The Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday, May 5th. Each of the 18 constituencies – including West Tyrone – will elect six Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

What is it about the SDLP and West Tyrone? When it comes to Assembly elections in this constituency it seems the party either opts for the self-destr(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at Custom House Quay, Dublin. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

If you listen carefully, you can hear an extraordinary admission: Fine Gael is owning up that its election manifesto was a scam. It’s not saying thi(...)

Emmet Kirwan in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate. Photograph: Pat Redmond

‘People want plays that are modern,” says actor Emmet Kirwan. “People just want to see stuff that they recognise in their own lives, that they can id(...)

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