JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

Dublin book event to celebrate capital city in verse and song 2:07

A month-long programme of events celebrating a collection of verse and songs associated with Dublin was officially announced by Lord Mayor of Dubli(...)

‘I love Patsy Cline (above) and Sinéad O’Connor, Anna Netrebko and Eleanor Shanley and all the other voices that have caught my heart at the turn of a stairs over the years.’ Photograph: AP Photo/TBS

While my father was in the dining room, talking about God, my mother was always in the kitchen, talking to someone else. She didn’t sing but sh(...)

Seamus Heaney: to read the extraordinary outpouring of grief, memory and mourning is to realise his death was a unique – and a uniquely Irish – event. Photograph: Neil Drabble/Camera Press

Many years ago I was invited to a dinner in the Department of Foreign Affairs attended by Seamus Heaney, among others, and presided over by the then t(...)

Singer Paul Simon reads a poem during a tribute to Seamus Heaney at Cooper Union in New York City on Monday evening. Photograph: Michael Nagle

For Paul Simon it was 50 ways to read a poem as one of America’s greatest songwriters practised verses by one of Ireland’s greatest poets for a Seamus(...)

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial service to the late poet Seamus Heaney in New York last night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The crowd spilled out into the aisles of Cooper Union Great Hall in New York City to hear 20 American and Irish writers read the words of Seamus He(...)

A new collection of poetry, songs and ballads exploring Dublin life from colonialism to the present day has been chosen as the 2014 Dublin: One City O(...)

Once a carpenter, poet Adam White is still inspired by construction: ‘I tend to try to recreate the woodwork, the sounds and smells and pleasures of it, in the writing’

Poetry and carpentry may seem worlds apart but for Adam White, shortlisted for a prestigious poetry award, both crafts require an apprenticeship and g(...)