Drama on the London Underground

13 July 2024 9:00 am

The girl lay slumped against a wall in front of me and someone ran to push the emergency button. I…

I will miss my vote

6 July 2024 9:00 am

I feel as if I first took part in a general election even before I was born. My father was…

A visit to ye olde Ireland

29 June 2024 9:00 am

The £80 million super-yacht with a helicopter on the upper deck sat in the harbour, and we sat outside the…

A sea of troubles: The Coast Road, by Alan Murrin, reviewed

29 June 2024 9:00 am

The sudden return of the liberated Colette Crowley to the Donegal fishing village of Ardglas stirs fear and resentment in the closed community

No one knows how to sell the European project to the Irish any more

8 June 2024 9:00 am

A few days after having Sunday lunch at the hotel where Michael Collins ate his last meal, we found ourselves…

Home to mother: Long Island, by Colm Toibín, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

The sequel to Brooklyn sees Eilis leave New York shocked and angry, and return to Enniscorthy – where everything is outwardly calmer, but much has changed

Amo Racing’s Flat supremacy

4 May 2024 9:00 am

You don’t often walk into a racing yard and find the trainer engrossed with two owners –apropos of horse names…

Lefties don’t know anything about farming

20 April 2024 9:00 am

The artists and hippies are re-wilding their land, which is to say doing nothing at all to it and watching…

Irish voters have refused to erase the family

10 March 2024 7:33 pm

It’s not been a particularly good weekend for the political establishment in Ireland. Two constitutional changes have been rejected by…

Ireland is falling out of love with Sinn Fein

29 January 2024 11:35 pm

Is the Sinn Fein star starting to wane? Support for the party has hit its lowest level for four years…

No laughing matter: accusations of transphobia wrecked Graham Linehan’s life

11 November 2023 9:00 am

The comedian found himself out of work and out of his marriage when he challenged the transgender ideology that to be a man or women is about choosing an identity

I have moved into a house in Ireland I viewed once, then bought

4 November 2023 9:00 am

With families chatting in the seats around me, a young girl knitting across the aisle, I gripped the arm rests.…

The nuance of Kenya

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Why did this brilliant Irish artist fall off the radar?

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Sir John Lavery has always had a place in Irish affections. His depiction of his wife, Hazel, as the mythical…

The miracle of The Miracle Club is that it does, I promise, end

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The Miracle Club, which is about a group of Irish women who travel to Lourdes, has a magnificent cast –…

Seamus Heaney’s letters confirm that he really was as nice as he seemed

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Seamus Heaney’s letters are full of energy and joie de vivre, but a darker note persists as the pressure of celebrity grows, says Roy Foster

Small but perfect: So Late in the Day by Claire Keegan reviewed

16 September 2023 9:00 am

The author once takes a big issue and, with her characteristic quiet brilliance, illuminates it in a small homely setting

The changing face of Ireland

2 September 2023 9:00 am

A dead poet’s dangerous aura continues to haunt his daughter and 23-year old granddaughter in this story of an unhappy family set in rapidly changing Ireland