‘J was a paperkeeper.” The first sentence of Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s hilarious novella is a satiric statement of intent; J’s function is revealed but not (...)

Oh to live a day in the life of Theodora FitzGibbon, a model and actor who lived a glamorous life in Paris, London, Bermuda and Capri in the 1930s and(...)

Members of Palestine’s El Funoun DaMembers of Palestine’s El Funoun Dance Troupe will lead an open-air instruction on the Middle-Eastern dance technique of ‘Dabke’ in Eyre Square as part of the Galway Dance Days festival this weekend. Photograph: Galway Dance Days

Ireland v PolandThe wait has been excruciating, but Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland team will finally return to the Aviva Stadium for a first com(...)

 Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) in 1946: Mere mention of Wales for many is sufficient to ponder on the greatness of Dylan Thomas, a wayward genius whose eloquent fury continues to beguile, excite and inspire. Photograph: Picture Post / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Today is Saint David’s Day and in honour of our close neighbours, fellow Celts and rugby rivals, and to (hopefully) compensate for the coming despa(...)

Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor of The Irish Times, who has published his eighth collection, A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press)

‘A man . . . innocently dabbles in words and rhymes and finds that it is his life . . .” That well-known remark of Patrick Kavanagh’s now strikes a(...)

When aspiring poet and academic John M Brinnin (Elijah Wood) promises his employers that he’ll keep a close eye on his boisterous charge, the Welsh(...)

A statue of Dylan Thomas in Laugharne, Wales, where the poet wrote much of his verse. A notebook with some of his early writings is to be auctioned by Sothebys on December 9th. Photograph: the New York Times

Eighty years ago, a woman gave a school exercise book filled with near-indecipherable scratchings to a maid, telling her to burn it in the kitchen boi(...)

Is it unfair to point up the modest levels of brightness on display here by observing that, when pondering the challenges of mortality, Interstella(...)

President Michael D Higgins will meet the first minister of Wales Carwyn Jones and the leader of Cardiff Council Cllr Phil Bale on his two day visit.

Ronan McGreevy President Michael D Higgins begins his first official visit to Wales today. The President will meet with the first minister of Wales Ca(...)

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953): while  best-known as a poet, he was also a talented prose writer. Photograph: Picture Post/Hulton Archive

Passion and an urgent rhetorical preoccupation with life’s defiance of death inspire the work of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who was born 100 years ago t(...)