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(...)

In a pinch: a crab, part of the big planetary recycle. Illustration: Michael Viney

For every grain of mineral sand that whispers across the dunes as a fragment of a ground-down Irish mountain, another wind-blown particle began in (...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

Michael Longley suggested that his daughter, the artist Sarah Longley, might illustrate the book. Sarah provided a dozen lovely pen and ink illustrations in response to Michael’s poems

The American author John Updike said: “A book is beautiful in its relation to the human eye, to the human hand, to the human brain and to the human(...)

Michael Longley  at his home in Belfast. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Stairwell (Jonathan Cape) by Michael Longley and Blue Sonoma (Brick Books) by Jane Munro have won this year’s Griffin Poetry Prize, it was announc(...)

Belfast artist Colin Davidson. Silent Testimony, a new  exhibition by the artist  exploring the theme of suffering and loss in the Troubles, opens today. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Press Eye

A new exhibition, Silent Testimony, by Belfast artist Colin Davidson explores the theme of loss and features people who suffered bereavement and injur(...)

Above, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, during the State Opening of Parliament, in London on Thursday. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool

A strange indifference attends the threatened collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive. The impasse on welfare reform reached in Stormont on Tuesday(...)

Prince Charles on the Burren with Brendan Dunford, manager of Burren Life, and Bridgid Barry of Burrenbeo: the royal was said to have been particularly looking forward to this part of his trip. Photohraph: Eddie Mulholland/WPA Pool/Getty Images

What do you give a man who has everything (Apart from the monarchy, obviously)? A stick.Britain’s heir to the throne finally made it yesterday to the (...)