‘There were no surprises in terms of the language or vocabulary, and it was all very doable,’ said German teacher Patrick Kavanagh

Straightforward and standard but perhaps a little dry: that was the verdict of Patrick Kavanagh, Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland subject rep(...)

Leaving Cert German students faced a nice and fair higher level paper, although some topics and questions may have caused consternation, said Patri(...)

Antoinette Quinn, who has died aged 74, was an acknowledged expert on Patrick Kavanagh and the author of an acclaimed biography of the poet. It was f(...)

Disappear With Me: Alec Soth’s Snapchat images, which vanish from your phone almost as soon as you receive them, have sold out. Photograph: Jenn Ackerman/New York Times

It’s a First World problem that is insignificant in the face of life’s major traumas, but a defining malady among those who have enough is the nagging(...)

Ciaran Kilduff scores St Patrick’s Athletic’s goal in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bohemians 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 1 St Patrick’s Athletic made a short but fruitful journey across the Liffey as they defeated Bohemians at Dal(...)

Wheatfield Prison governor has told the High Court that Daniel McDonnell is the most at-risk prisoner in detention in Ireland, following an injunction by McDonnell to stop the governor from further breaching his rights through the terms of his confinement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The governor of Wheatfield Prison has told the High Court a convicted murderer who has been in solitary confinement for more than a year is probably t(...)

Martin Green, who has died aged 82, was a writer, poet and publisher. Among the many books he encouraged as an editor at MacGibbon and Kee in the 1960(...)

Never had it easy: it took Eimear McBride nearly a decade to get A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing into print

The mother of the Irish novel, Frances Sheridan, was brought up to be illiterate. Her father didn’t want her to be able to read, and her brothers had (...)

Lawyers for jailed murderer Daniel McDonnell have brought fresh proceedings claiming the authorities at Wheatfield Prison have failed to act on foot of a High Court judgment

Lawyers for jailed murderer Daniel McDonnell have brought fresh proceedings claiming the authorities at Wheatfield Prison have failed to act on foot o(...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)