Walter Macken

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‘As a writer, Walter Macken was attuned to the menacing depths that lay behind the physical exterior: the infertile bogland that makes farming problematic, the harsh character of the inhabitants, their callous treatment of one another, their superstitious religiosity and frustrated love affairs.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Recently, when returning from a family break in Renvyle House, on the drive from Letterfrack to Galway, the raw beauty of the lakes framed by the impo(...)

Vincent Dowling: credited with launching Tom Hanks’s career, having directed him in a student production at California State University. Photograph: Tony Gavin

The actor and director Vincent Dowling came to national prominence as “Christy” in the long-running Raidió Éireann soap (...)

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