Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

This week

This week

A Donal Ryan novel brought to the stage and the Webb Sisters remember Leonard Cohen

Ellroy confidential

Ellroy confidential

James Ellroy’s hard-boiled, two-fisted crime novels are windows into a long-gone Los Angeles, with plenty of historical liberties being taken. ‘Absolute factual accuracy means nothing to me.’

Big potatoes

Big potatoes

Ireland’s love affair with the crisp shows no sign of abating, but now we’re splashing out on premium brands with stronger flavours

Seeds of inspiration

Seeds of inspiration

Bloom Festival returns to the Phoenix Park this June bank holiday weekend, with an increasing number of gardens telling stories beyond mere shrubbery

Youthquake

Youthquake

Young people today are incredibly politically aware and proactive - and with climate catastrophe looming, they’re taking to the streets to protest. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire investigates a new movement and sees how protest is getting younger

The staying power of charity shops

The staying power of charity shops

No matter how many recessions batter the high street, charity shops continue to survive and thrive. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire looks at the reasons why they have endured

New museum, new perspective

New museum, new perspective

A pop-up museum in Dublin Castle this summer will showcase Irish and international photography, as well as posing fundamental questions about the very nature of museums and exhibitions, writes Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Dancing up a storm

Dancing up a storm

Professional ballet is a cut-throat world. It requires extraordinary talent, single-minded determination and significant financial sacrifice to make it at the top but, despite a lack of resources, Ireland is punching above its weight. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire investigates

Social classes

Social classes

Instagram is great for bragging about your fabulous weekend, your good-looking meal or your new frock. But the photo-sharing platform can be a powerful source of education too. Here are seven subjects worth learning more about and the accounts that can teach you. Who knows? Perhaps screen time can be good for you after all, writes Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Small galleries, big art

Small galleries, big art

A host of small, independent galleries are helping new Irish artists showcase their work and bringing culture to their communities

On the right path

On the right path

‘It’s really hard to explain why doing something slower has a value,’ says walking adventurer Erling Kagge, whose book Walking: One Step at a Time is a meditation on how we can express and become ourselves through this most humble of physical pastimes. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire falls in step

Indulge in an Easter eggstravaganza

Indulge in an Easter eggstravaganza

With the schools’ Easter holidays kicking off this Friday, Sarah Taaffe-Maguire selects some inspiring options for parents and kids alike

It’s easy, being green

It’s easy, being green

Expert gardeners offer eight simple ways to become a more ethical gardener, help the environment and get blooming great results. writes Sarah Taaffe-Maguire

Doctor in the house: PhD struggles

Doctor in the house: PhD struggles

The life of a PhD student is often romanticised as one of tranquil studies and labours of love, but the reality tends to involve long hours, punishing workloads and little financial reward

Cry the beloved country

Cry the beloved country

With its economy devastated by US sanctions on oil and its social structures starting to break down, Venezuela is bracing itself for possible American military invasion and potentially a full-scale civil war. A large chunk of its population has left the country, and Sarah Taaffe-Maguire spoke to a number of them who have ended up in Ireland