Paul Durcan in front of a mural in Sandymount: in Breaking News, the poet recalls the final conversation between himself and Seamus Heaney on Sandymount strand. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Durcan is adding another packet of sugar to his cappuccino. “God,” he says, by way of apology, “I’m a terrible man for the sugar.” But he keep(...)

 “I’m just delighted I survived. I still can’t believe it. I keep  reminding myself I’m only a whippersnapper. If I glimpse myself in a mirror, it’s like, who’s that?” Paula Meehan,  at her  home in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan
Paula Meehan: the poet at 60

When Michael D Higgins hosted a cultural evening in the Forbidden City in Beijing on his state visit to China in December, he invited Paula Meehan (...)

The Irish Farmers Journal announced Seamus Heaney’s Nobel win, in 1995, with the charming headline “Bellaghy Celebrates as Farmer’s Son Wins Top Literary Award”. Photograph: Pat Langan
The winning ways of literary awards
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  • September 27, 2014, 01:10

The Irish Farmers Journal announced Seamus Heaney’s Nobel win, in 1995, with the charming headline “Bellaghy Celebrates as Farmer’s Son Wins Top Liter(...)

The news this month that Amtrak, the US rail operator, is to introduce writers-in-residence on its 15 long-distance routes reminds us of the li(...)

Jeremy Paxman: ‘Those who read the war through the prism of the 1960s do their history a disservice.’ Photograph: Phil Fisk

Every war is filled with myths, some big, some small. Growing up, BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman regularly heard of his “Uncle Charlie”, his deeds and (...)

Seamus Heaney, who died last month: Up to 12 writers will read from his works in sequence to mark the fact that the Nobel laureate was “such a great friend” of the Clifden Community Arts Festival, according to its director Brendan Flynn.

Poets and artists will participate in an “intimate remembrance service” tomorrow for the late Seamus Heaney as part of this year’s Clifden Community A(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Plate-spinners, poets and playwrights will participate in this year’s Clifden Community Arts Festival, which published its programme in Connemara yest(...)