Don’t blame ministers for the Royal Mail sell-off. Beat up the bankers!

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Vince Cable and Michael Fallon, ministers responsible for the Royal Mail sell-off, have been summoned for another select committee grilling…

Fleet Street’s ‘wild Irish girl’

22 March 2014 9:00 am

In her early days on Fleet Street, Mary Kenny, as she herself admits, was cast as ‘the wild Irish girl’,…

Simon Callow’s notebook: What it’s like to lose at an awards ceremony

8 March 2014 9:00 am

It was one of those weeks. On Monday, I was in four countries: I woke up at crack of dawn…

Finally, a celebrity memoir worth reading

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Unlike many celebrity memoirs, Anjelica Huston’s is worth reading. In her Prologue she writes that as a child she modeled…

Ireland's back, and luck had nothing to do with it

16 November 2013 9:00 am

My man in Dublin calls with joy in his voice to tell me ‘the Troika’ — the combined powers of…

The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan - review

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Despite being so short, The Spinning Heart certainly can’t be accused of lacking ambition. Over the course of its 150-odd…

Will Boston still fund the Real IRA?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

One of the first world statesmen to send a message of sympathy to Boston after last week’s outrage was Gerry…

After the Brighton bomb

13 April 2013 9:00 am

20 October 1984: She has survived an attempt on her life, but does she have a strategy for dealing with the IRA

Travel: Ireland’s wild west

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Melanie McDonagh goes in quest of the Burren, with its ancient churches, rugged landscapes and extraordinary flora

The Georgian brickwork around O’Connell Street was painstakingly restored during the boom

Travel: Dublin, comeback city

23 March 2013 9:00 am

A saner sort of post-crash life is returning to Dublin, says Sophia Martelli

And thereby hangs a tale

2 June 2012 6:00 pm

The heart sinks when news breaks that an already distinguished novelist is trying his or her hand at the Irish…

All in a night’s work

27 August 2011 10:00 am

This inter-war story of an Anglo-Irish family in crisis opens with a bang. Caroline Adair, recovering from measles at Butler’s Hill, her aunt and uncle’s lovely house in the South-west, wakes in the night to find  Sinn Feiners surrounding the place.

Portrait of the week

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Britain is to lend Ireland up to £9 billion.

Politics: The right way to help Ireland

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Why is Britain committing £7 billion to a bailout which will trap Ireland in its present discontents?

I no longer understand what ‘Ireland’ means

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The defining commentary of this on-going financial crisis, for me, came from Gerald Hill of the Midlands, in a letter to the Times in March 2009.

A cousin across the water

7 July 2010 12:00 am

Though he was to live at Castle Leslie in Co. Monaghan, Sir John Randalph (later Shane) Leslie, cousin of Winston Churchill, was born at Stratford House, London, in 1885 though baptised at Glaslough with Lord Randolph Churchill as godfather.

Home and dry

14 April 2010 12:00 am

In the opening chapter of The Dead Republic, the last novel in The Final Roundup trilogy, the narrator, Henry Smart, gives us a handy summary of the story so far.

The Knights of Glin

20 January 2010 12:00 am

In this splendid, monumental slab of a book, Desmond Fitzgerald, the 29th Knight of Glin, has made the chronicle of his family epitomise the whole turbulent history of Ireland since the arrival of the Normans.

Strong family feelings

6 January 2010 12:00 am

Mary Kenny’s survey of Ireland’s relations with the British monarchy is characteristically breezy, racy and insightful, with a salty strain of anecdote.

Everyman’s voice

24 June 2009 12:00 am

Julian Barnes on Frank O'Connor

Home is where the heart is

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín