From left, Prof Shane O’Mara, Dr Áine Kelly and Dr Sabina Brennan took part in Trinity College Dublin’s week-long focus on memory.  Photograph: Sharpix

How does our memory work? What can we do to keep it in good shape? Can we actually prevent a decline in memory? These were just some of the questions(...)

Edna O’Brien with director John McColgan, who presented her with a framed portrait before the tribute performance for her at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night. Photographs: Dave Meehan

A happy gathering of the great and the good of contemporary Irish culture assembled at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin last night to pay tribute to the (...)

Poet Caitríona O’Reilly has won this year’s ’Irish Times’ Poetry Now award.

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Caitríona O’Reilly for Geis, published by Bloodaxe Books. The award will be presented to t(...)

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the busiest student campuses on the planet. It has some 45,000 students who study everything from business and(...)

From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced. The competition recognises the best collection by an Irish poet in the(...)

Basil Blackshaw’s portrait of Brian Friel

One of Ireland’s most enigmatic artists Basil Blackshaw – who once attended an art exhibition with a bag over his head rather than be photographed – h(...)

The studio of Edward McGuire, which his wife, Sally Maguire, donated to Imma. Photograph: Nick Miller

Nick Miller and the Studio of Edward McGuire Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin ***** In 2009, Sally McGuire donated the studio of her late h(...)

Martin McGuinness with masked IRA men at the funeral of Brendan Burns in 1988. File photograph: Pacemaker

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, has refused to say how many people he may have killed while a senior figure in the republica(...)

Brian Friel “was fatherly, kind, practical and funny. He seemed to look deep into the centre of things.” File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It all began with a note, welcoming me to sit in on the dress rehearsal of the revival of his masterwork, Faith Healer. Brian Friel said it wou(...)

Muhammad Ali, the subject of a new poem in Poetry by Declan Ryan, poses a portrait in his robe in 1964. Photograph: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

In their beginnings the generation of poets that included Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Richard Murphy and the slightly younger Seamus Heaney and(...)