Brendan Daly

Brendan Daly

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Opposites collide with effect in Beckett’s bleak masterpiece

Opposites collide with effect in Beckett’s bleak masterpiece

Despite an occasional falter in pace, director Michael Cabot stylishly mines a script where “blathering about nothing in particular” forms the touchstone

Touching story of love across the legal divide

Touching story of love across the legal divide

How to Keep an Alien is an autobiographical account charting a burgeoning relationship

Groping around for the naked truth

Groping around for the naked truth

Non-Fiction: Naked At Lunch. By Mark Haskell Smith. Atlantic Books, €12.

Scaling spectacular summits

Scaling spectacular summits

From the top of Germany’s highest mountain the landscape below changes from Mars-like eeriness to classic Alpine

The slow life in Carlow

The slow life in Carlow

Under Mount Leinster, Borris boasts great food and hospitality where herons hunt on the highwayman’s river, writes Brendan Daly

Running in the right direction

Running in the right direction

Sport

Decadent delivers with Pierre’s provocative prize-winner

Decadent delivers with Pierre’s provocative prize-winner

Theatre: Vernon God Little By DBC Pierre Directed by Andrew Flynn Town Hall Theatre, Galway To...

McDonagh’s world remains caustic and askew

McDonagh’s world remains caustic and askew

Theatre

A gimlet eye analyses the anatomy of the self

A gimlet eye analyses the anatomy of the self

Non-fiction: Adventures in Human Being. By Gavin Francis. Profile Books, €20.

When private alienation meets global terrorism

When private alienation meets global terrorism

Non-fiction; The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern; Tragedy; By Masha Gessen; Scribe, €19.95

A classical star bares his tortured soul to the world

A classical star bares his tortured soul to the world

Non-fiction: Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music. By James Rhodes. Canongate Books, €23.

A lost generation: 100th anniversary of the Suvla Bay landings at Gallipoli

A lost generation: 100th anniversary of the Suvla Bay landings at Gallipoli

The campaign claimed the lives of 4,000 Irishmen, and those who survived were treated like pariahs at home

No art for art’s sake as Barnes gets forensic

No art for art’s sake as Barnes gets forensic

Non-Fiction: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. By Julian Barnes. Jonathan Cape, €23.

Legendary neurologist makes one last Move before the end

Legendary neurologist makes one last Move before the end

Non-fiction: On The Move: A Life. By Oliver Sacks.Picador, €29.20.

Revival of Friel oldie still resonates

Revival of Friel oldie still resonates

Theatre: Lovers. By Brian Friel. Directed by Julie Kelleher. Everyman Theatre, Cork. Runs until July 25 (excluding Sundays). Rating: 4/5