All We Shall Know (Transworld Books) by Donal Ryan is a modern masterpiece of Irish storytelling. Melody Shee falls pregnant by a young traveller boy and this sets in motion a series of life-changing consequences for the thirty three year old teacher. A thoroughly convincing female-driven narrative, Ryan's first novel told from a female narrator's perspective is as gut-wrenchingly Irish as it gets. Read my five-star review here.
In Druid Theatre's Big Maggie, actress Aisling O'Sullivan has breathed life and meaning into a character previously written off as a vitriolic sociopath. Read my review of Druid Theatre's Big Maggie to find out why this play is not as old-fashioned at one might think.