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Latest de Valera tome seems a biography too far

Latest de Valera tome seems a biography too far

History/Politics: Éamon de Valera: A Will to Power, By Ronan Fanning Faber & Faber, €27

Life’s a beach at Santa Monica

Life’s a beach at Santa Monica

For a more laid-back California, take a flight direct from Dublin to Los Angeles’ smaller beach-side neighbour, Santa Monica

Best-loved ballets usher in Christmas season

Best-loved ballets usher in Christmas season

Combined with spectacular costumes, the world’s most popular ballet lives up to all expectations

Watch Coldplay go ape in their new video

Watch Coldplay go ape in their new video

Melancholy foursome try out a Planet of the Apes impersonation

Seven Irish novels longlisted for Dublin Literary Award

Seven Irish novels longlisted for Dublin Literary Award

The winner of the €100,000 prize will be announced on June 9 next year

Seven Irish novels longlisted for Dublin Literary Award

Seven Irish novels longlisted for Dublin Literary Award

The winner of the €100,000 prize will be announced on June 9 next year

The gentle embrace of the Shelbourne

The gentle embrace of the Shelbourne

If I hadn’t had a sickbed to go home to, I’d have happily hung out here all night, chatting to our charming waiter

Film: Once upon another time in America

Film: Once upon another time in America

Screenwriter Nick Hornby has rearranged elements of Tóibín’s story, but the essentials remain the same

New car sales exceed 120,000 units already this year

New car sales exceed 120,000 units already this year

The number of cars sold do far this year are up a third over the same period in 2014

Getting into the gig

Getting into the gig

Thousands of workers in Ireland are opting to be their own bosses and join the gig economy

New Jaguar XF means business

New Jaguar XF means business

The new car is more spacious, lighter and more efficient than its predecessor

Pint of view

Pint of view

There are elements of ginger, orange and tropical fruits in the flavour, and it goes down gently

Absurdist comedy is a thoroughly enjoyable read

Absurdist comedy is a thoroughly enjoyable read

Fiction: Undermajordomo Minor; By Patrick deWitt; Granta, €17.25

Albums: Posthumous albums are tricky propositions

Albums: Posthumous albums are tricky propositions

Offerings from Kurt Cobain, Mercury Rev and Josh Ritter

Bouncing Ball delivers a blast of old Hollywood

Bouncing Ball delivers a blast of old Hollywood

In a non-stop bout of song and dance, Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance slug it out with not a dull moment