Actor Joe Steve Ó Neachtain at the Poitin Stil pub. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When south Connemara hosted its first Oireachtas Irish language cultural festival four decades ago the main marquee blew down just as a céilí was abo(...)

‘Irish philosophers – Richard Kearney [above], Philip Pettit, William Desmond – are never noticed in the public scene’

There was a time when people across Ireland turned on the television on a Friday night to watch a Dominican priest with arthritis talk about philos(...)

A childhood Christmas
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  • December 25, 2013, 01:00

When my 12-year-old granddaughter writes her letter to Santa Claus and looks forward eagerly to his coming, I often wonder is she very shrewd or merel(...)

Seamus Heaney did not confine himself to poetry. A respected critic, he also was a distinguished academic and his translations from Greek, Latin, Italian, Irish and Anglo-Saxon reflect the extent of his learning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Born: April 13th, 1939; Died: August 30th, 2013The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, was described by Robert Lowell as “the most imp(...)