Why Doug and Monique Howlett are moving back home to New Zealand

Rugby brought Doug and Monique Howlett to Cork but it is friendship that kept them here. Now artist Monique is marking the end of their Irish journey with a beginning ...

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Review: Flannery premiere, Evening Train, The Everyman

As the musical genre morphs into something exciting and unpredictable, thanks to inventive productions such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown, it is clear ...

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Readers’ haven provides books for tourists and locals in Dingle

Aideen McConville manages the Dingle Bookshop, located at Green St, Dingle, Co Kerry. It sells new and second-hand books.

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Stage version of Mick Flannery's Evening Train premieres in Cork

As it morphs into something exciting and unpredictable, thanks to inventive productions such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Hadestown, it is clear there is still ...

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How Kevin Barry's time in Cork provided material for his new book

Kevin Barry’s latest novel flits between the seamier side of Spain and his old haunts on Leeside, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Badge of courage: The Marvel illustrator helping out the real-life superheroes

Marvel illustrator Will Sliney is one of many well-known people who has lent his talents to anew fundraising initiative for CUH children’s unit. Marjorie Brennan ...

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Mick Flannery's Evening Train gets a new platform

The stage adaptation of Mick Flannery’s concept album gets its premiere in Cork next week, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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We Sell Books: ‘We concentrate on the people who like the smell and feel of a book’

FitzGerald’s Bookshop in Macroom, Co Cork, is owned by Jackie FitzGerald. It sells books, toys, arts and crafts materials and also has a café.

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Rare tale of the happy days: Colbert Kearney's memoir on growing up in Dublin

A family memoir by former UCC lecturer Colbert Kearney has none of the misery of other accounts of working-class life in Ireland after independence, writes Marjorie ...

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We Sell Books: ‘We are the oldest bookshop website in the world’

Marjorie Brennan meets Kenny's Bookshop owner Tomás.

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Testosterone reboot: How to boost men's hormones in midlife

Personal trainer Matt Roberts had to come up with a new fitness plan when he realised his metabolism had changed in his 40s, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Literary couple among the authors at Listowel Writers' Week

Tishani Doshi and Carlo Pizzati are among the authors heading to Listowel next week, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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We Sell Comics: ‘It’s not all sitting around reading comics — there’s a lot of work’

Cathal Travers is originally from Tallaght in Dublin. He owns the Comic Vault at Lower Oliver Plunkett St in Cork, which sells comics, graphic novels and collectibles. ...

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We Sell Books: ‘Every book bought online impacts not just local business, but the community’

Louisa Cameron owns Raven Books in Blackrock, Co Dublin. It sells new and second-hand books.

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Top artists donate to Cork's first €50 anonymous sale

Top artists have donated to Leeside’s first €50 anonymous sale for the Jack and Jill Foundation, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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We Sell Books: 'I nearly cried. How could you get to your late twenties without being in a bookshop?'

The Bookstór at Newman’s Mall in Kinsale, Co Cork, is owned by Stuart Gallagher, and run by Helen O’Connell and Heather Maiden. The book sells ...

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Stories from a seanachaí at Cork World Book Fest

Thomas McCarthy grew up in the culture of bothántaíocht, when people would go from house to house, singing and storytelling.

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‘Furniture’ play is couched in relatable language

The last Sonya Kelly play to visit Cork was How To Keep An Alien, which dealt with her fight to keep her Australian girlfriend Kate in Ireland.

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We sell books: Sisters are doing it for themselves

SISTERS Kate Smyth and Marney Smyth Fischer have recently taken over the Bantry Bookshop, which was also previously run by siblings — Margaret O’Neill ...

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Celina Buckley is bringing Irish mythology to children’s books

Cork author Celina Buckley has launched her debut take on Irish legends, writes Marjorie Brennan

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Edna O'Brien: Country Girls and me

As the stage version of Edna O’Brien’s classic novel tours to Cork and other centres, Marjorie Brennan hears from well-known figures about their experiences ...

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We Sell Books: ‘It’s a real privilege to foster their love of reading and books’

Éibhleann Ní Ghríofa runs Scéal Eile bookshop in Ennis, Co Clare with her husband Pat Hynes writes Marjorie Brennan.

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From Lahore to Castlebar: The International Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Ten novels from a wide-ranging group of authors have just been announced on the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award. Marjorie Brennan assesses ...

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Dublin Will Show You How: A play inspired by the women of inner city Dublin

Tracy Martin's new play shows some of the human stories behind the crime and drugs statistics of our capital, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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We Sell Books: ‘We’re extremely busy with confirmation and communion’

Vicky Leng, from Ballinlough in Cork, is manager of the Veritas store on Carey’s Lane in Cork.

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