From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced. The competition recognises the best collection by an Irish poet in the(...)

Author Aidan Higgins: his novel Langrishe Go Down (1966), about four spinster sisters living in a decaying Big House at Celbridge, has been described as “a great modern Irish classic”.

The writer Aidan Higgins has died aged 88. A member of Aosdána, he had lived in Kinsale, Co Cork since 1986. Born in Celbridge, Co Kildare, in March(...)

Brian Ballard at his retrospective at Rathfarnham Castle

Brian Ballard Retrospective: Paintings 1964-2015 Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin ****   Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943 (...)

Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

Dún Laoghaire gets its very own music festival this weekend, when The Beatyard takes over the town harbour on Saturday and Sunday for two days of m(...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

Stephen Rea  accepting his special tribute award during The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in February. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen Rea was the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The award is giving each year to someone w(...)

Theo Dorgan’s collection was called a “lumunious book” by the judges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Cork-born poet Theo Dorgan for his collection, Nine Bright Shiners. The presentation of t(...)

Seamus Heaney. Photographer: Jack McManus

Lisa Hannigan Singer Anahorish, soft gradient, of consonant, vowel-meadow. I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Se(...)

Vona Groake

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 10th year, is presented for the best single vol(...)