Billy Collins: ‘It is like an eye chart, with its big E at the top, and the letters getting less legible as it moves along. A poem should be like that’

‘The idea of a popular poet is a bit of an oxymoron in people’s minds,” says Billy Collins, the luminary lyricist and former American poet laureate(...)

Conor McManus of Monaghan celebrates after his county beat Kildare  to clinch a place in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final stage, unofficially, the cut-off point for the best teams of a particular year.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Media interaction with teams nowadays is generally conducted in environments sufficiently sterile for use in the fight against the Ebola virus. Yet th(...)

Head first: jumping into the Grand Canal at Suir Road Bridge in Drimnagh, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 1:29

The rise of the two German discount giants Lidl and Aldi, and the rise in temperatures has led to a new craze in Dublin – canal diving in wetsuits.(...)

Writer Dermot Healy near his home in Ballyconnell West, Co Sligo.

The novelist, poet, playwright and short-story writer, Dermot Healy, who has died suddenly at the age of 66, was, according to Roddy Doyle, possibly t(...)

Dermot Healy: love was the root of his books

I tell a story sometimes that I heard from Dermot Healy. He went into an old bachelor one day. “Do you not be lonely sometimes?” Dermot wondered. (...)

The poet Patrick Kavanagh (left) and the critic Anthony Cronin outside Davy Byrne’s in Duke Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dermot Barry

Published: June 17th, 1954 So familiar is Bloomsday on the Dublin festival circuit that we take it for granted – while, perhaps, bemoaning its(...)

Donal Dineen: ‘I got to live the dream, and now I just have to wake up and conjure another one’

My own big love affair with radio began before lengths lost their waves and bands became a bit too broad for their boots. Radios, remember them? Ma(...)

Téada: in concert this evening at the Hiroshima City Bunka

After writing about Japan’s cherry blossom season last week (Irishman’s Diary, Friday), I received an e-mail from a young Laois man named Paul (...)

The late author Maeve Binchy photographed at her Dalkey home in 2006. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Irish Times journalist Mary Maher spoke tonight of being left a collection of the (...)

Place, whatever else it might be, is where we live our lives. We are born, reared, educated, fall in love, marry, have children, die and are la(...)