Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly
Ballinafull, 3 July 2014
  • Books
  • August 2, 2014, 01:00

Dermot Healy 1947-2014 It was like an eye opening, An eye, or a space Between life and itself, And through it poured the days, The ye(...)

Dermot Healy’s widow, Helen, is consoled by President Michael D Higgins at St Patrick’s Church, Maugherow, Co Sligo, yesterday. Photograph: James Connolly

The great Irish writer Dermot Healy was laid to rest yesterday in the company of poets and artists, musicians and singers, a president and, above all,(...)

Writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night

Many tributes have been paid to writer Dermot Healy who died suddenly at his home in Ballyconnell, Co Sligo, on Sunday night. President Michael(...)

Dermot Healy: love was the root of his books

I tell a story sometimes that I heard from Dermot Healy. He went into an old bachelor one day. “Do you not be lonely sometimes?” Dermot wondered. (...)

Writer Dermot Healy pictured near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo. Photograph: Alan Betson

“The bad times were over at last.” At a sad moment such as this the opening sentence of Dermot Healy’s finest novel, A Goat’s Song (1994) has even fur(...)

‘I never read as much of James Joyce’s work as I pretended to, and one night in bed a woman caught me out.’ Photograph: C Ruf/Archive Photos/Getty

I was in a chip shop in Belmullet talking to a beautiful woman and it was almost midnight. Apart from the two men with white hats behind the counte(...)

Artist  Nick Miller, has a  studio near Benbulben in Sligo.

Writer Kevin Barry had them in stitches a few years ago at the John McGahern International Seminar when he drolly outlined the problems for a y(...)

Colin Barrett: bends language to expose new angles

In a Dublin cafe, a few minutes into an interview with Colin Barrett, he does that thing all storytellers do without realising: he imparts an innocuou(...)

A piper leading the funeral of Seamus Heaney through Bellaghy yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seamus Heaney was laid to rest yesterday evening in a country churchyard in south Derry under the shade of sycamore and ash trees.“May the green sods (...)

Brian McDonagh is a musician and painter. From Dublin, he was member of 1970s traditional group, Oisín. He moved to Sligo in the 1980s and was a found(...)