Patrick Mccabe

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Somehow, as Paul Durcan recalled, there was always laughter when Kavanagh, a natural comedian, held court

Patrick Kavanagh was in many ways a man ahead of his time. Fifty years before the Nobel committee arrived a similar (though still controversial) opini(...)

Patrick Pye and Nóirín Pye at the opening of his exhibition at the Jorgensen Gallery, Molesworth Street in 2003. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Patrick Pye, an 88-year-old artist with fading sight and restricted mobility, was told by the Arts Council at the end of last month that his €17,180 A(...)

Colm Tóibín: “The phrase ‘working artists engaged in productive practice’ sounds . . . like a phrase that could have been used by Stalin about recalcitrant farmers in the Soviet Union.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The writer Colm Tóibín has condemned controversial proposals from the Arts Council to cut grants for non-productive artists and to introduce audits to(...)

It’s that time of year when many people are again wrestling with one of the great philosophical questions: “Is it about a bicycle?” Yes, tomorrow’s 51(...)

Alan McMonagle: has a dark and very Irish sense of humour on the twin topics of home and parenthood. Photograph: John Minihan

Ireland, summer 2009: a country in recession, people emigrating in droves, the formerly bustling main streets of rural towns hollow with empty windows(...)

“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(...)

Fluid theatre: the cast of Sacrifice at Easter on site at Elizabeth Fort (from left): Brendan Conroy, Joan Sheehy, Rhys Dunlop, Esosa Ighodaro, Lucianne McEvoy, Dominic MacHale and Jamie Beamish. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

“To strengthen this town of Cork I have been of late casting up certain earthworks, but that your Lordship may know that I have a care of her Majies (...)

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(...)

Teacher and exile: Patrick McCabe in 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Art has a way of anticipating anxieties that are still under the surface. The 1990s would be a decade in which Ireland became increasingly disturbed b(...)

Dermot Healy near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo: Healy’s prolific fluency across a range of forms and genres has made him difficult to pigeonhole, and this creative eclecticism may have served to complicate his critical reputation. Photograph: Alan Betson
Dermot Healy: a modern master
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  • October 21, 2015, 08:00

In Aidan Higgins’s view, the late Dermot Healy (1947-2014) was the natural heir to the experimental narrative tradition in Irish literature – a cou(...)

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