Julian Gough: In return for a pledge of $1 or more, donors were offered a PDF of his as-yet-unpublished short story Harvest, which was shortlisted for the €15,000 Davy Byrnes award earlier this year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Berlin-based Irish novelist Julian Gough raised more than $2,000 (€1,500) from fans in just a few hours yesterday through an online project he hopes (...)

It is understood that LÉ Seamus Heaney has been considered in military circles, subject to the agreement of the late Nobel laureate’s family. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty Images

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if you are Minister for Defence and you have just decided to purchase a third new Naval Service offshore patrol vessel.T(...)

 Author Julian Gough. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A word of warning: I am not the ideal exam-sitter. When I sat the actual Leaving Cert, I disagreed with the entire educational system, I argued wit(...)

Sara Baume: born in Lancashire in 1984, she grew up in Co Cork, studied fine art at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and completed the MPhil in creative writing riting at Trinity College Dublin

The 2014 Davy Byrnes short story award, organised by the Stinging Fly in association with Dublin Unesco City of Literature, has been awarded to Sar(...)

Patrick deWitt reads from his third novel in a joint event with British spoken-word poet Hollie McNish. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature will mark its 30th anniversary next year, and between now and then, all involved need to consid(...)

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I was turned inside out by #Conservatory at the Peacock last night. A perfect play. Go and see it while you can. @m_r_west — Selina Guinn(...)

The Irish short story “has come alive again and is wriggling and it has about it all the demonic energy (and the undeniable immediacy) of a newborn in(...)

Anthony Burgess is one of the most underrated writers in the English language. This does a disservice to a half-century of superb work until hi(...)