President Michael D Higgins: will be present at ecumenical service to mark death 1,000 years ago.Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will attend an ecumenical service in Dublin on Wednesday to mark the death of Brian Boru 1,000 years ago at the Battle (...)

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. “(...)