Dermot Bolger

Dermot Bolger

Haverty explores her poetic side to beguiling effect

Haverty explores her poetic side to beguiling effect

Haverty’s debut collection of poems, The Beauty of the Moon, appeared in 1999. Now comes this superbly understated second collection, 19 years in the making

An uncomfortable look at how Celtic culture was co-opted

An uncomfortable look at how Celtic culture was co-opted

When Harvard University sent an archaeological mission to Ireland in the 1930s to determine Ireland’s racial and cultural heritage, it was socially and politically important to rich Irish Americans

Turning a drab journey into a tour de force

Turning a drab journey into a tour de force

David Park, the quiet man of Irish writing has deftly got on with building up a remarkable oeuvre of superbly crafted fiction, each novel constructed without pyrotechnics or any dilution of his sparse, lyrical and clear-headed prose

Life in the raw on an inhospitable borderline

Life in the raw on an inhospitable borderline

Cantú’s book – half memoir, half meditation – implants itself in your mind

Books: Two towering rivals and friends, appraised together

Books: Two towering rivals and friends, appraised together

This is the fifth volume in the Royal Irish Academy’s superbly produced and illustrated Judging series, which seeks to reassess major Irish historical figures

Swing north for a superior golf break

Swing north for a superior golf break

As well as producing some of the world’s top professionals, including Rory McIlroy, the North is home to an impressive selection of golf courses where players of any standard can practise their skills

Crossing the line from dutiful doctor to stricken patient

Crossing the line from dutiful doctor to stricken patient

Non-Fiction/Health: In Shock, By Rana Awdish, Bantam House, €17.95

A timely look at the politically provocative George Bernard Shaw

A timely look at the politically provocative George Bernard Shaw

Shaw brought his own forensic practicality to Irish politics

Dermot Bolger: Wrestling with Ulysses

Dermot Bolger: Wrestling with Ulysses

Dermot Bolger, the creator of a new adaptation of Joyce's masterpiece at the Abbey, on a colourful journey from page to stage

Looking back at the everyday rhythms of a long-vanished past

Looking back at the everyday rhythms of a long-vanished past

Politics: Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain, By Clair Wills , Penguin, €30

Looking back at a sad, futile war

Looking back at a sad, futile war

History: The Civil War in Dublin: The Fight for the Irish Capital 1922-1924, By John Dorney, Iris...

Startling short stories that take plenty of turns

Startling short stories that take plenty of turns

FICTION: Room Little Darker, By June Caldwell , New Island Books, €11.95

Two volumes that showcase the rich depth of Irish poetry

Two volumes that showcase the rich depth of Irish poetry

Gerard Smyth's 11th collection is a superb addition to a singular oeuvre

A Traitor in the Family's ring of authenticity has a lack of realism

A Traitor in the Family's ring of authenticity has a lack of realism

Genuine moments of superb tension with some deft plot twists

A singular Irish voice translates Dublin lives

A singular Irish voice translates Dublin lives

Poetry: Poems 1980-2015, By Michael O’Loughlin, New Island, €16.10