Ryan McHugh slots home Donegal’s goal in the Allianz Football League Division One game against Tyrone at  Ballybofey. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty. Photograph: Inpho/Presseye

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 0-6“I said to the players afterwards that this was as bad a performance as I have been involved with from a Tyrone team over all t(...)

New breed: Simon Rattle works as readily with period-instrument players as with symphony orchestras. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/EPA

It seemed like a great idea for the Royal Irish Academy of Music to devise an event called Ten Thousand Miles Away and use it to explore “the special (...)

Paul Durcan in front of a mural in Sandymount: in Breaking News, the poet recalls the final conversation between himself and Seamus Heaney on Sandymount strand. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Durcan is adding another packet of sugar to his cappuccino. “God,” he says, by way of apology, “I’m a terrible man for the sugar.” But he keep(...)

Writer Joseph O’Neill. A reading by O’Neill is one of the events announced for this year’s Cúirt literary festival in Galway. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Man Booker long-listed writer Joseph O’Neill, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Scottish novelist and playwright Irvine Welsh will read at this (...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy of Donegal gets away from Tomás Clancy and Michael Shields of Cork during their national league game at Ballyshannon. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-8 Stormy weather along the wild Atlantic way as Cork made their way home from a first Allianz League defeat yesterday even(...)

Mai Geldof, who has died aged 105, was the last surviving sibling of four born to Zenon, a Belgian chef and restaurateur, and Amelia Geldof, the young(...)

 Eoghan O’Gara of Dublin surrounded by Donegal men at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Dublin 2-10 Donegal 0-11 A terrific Jack McCaffrey goal seven minutes from time clinched a first win of the 2015 Allianz Football League for Du(...)

Proud Corkman Carl O’Brien on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I realised this on a blind date many years ago. My date, a Dub, confessed that, no, she had never in fact visited the real capital. Not only that, but(...)

Vona Groake

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 10th year, is presented for the best single vol(...)

The statue of Patrick Kavanagh on the canal near Baggot Street bridge. The poet’s A Christmas Childhood is among the 10 poems shortlisted in search for  Ireland’s best loved poems of the past 100 years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Patrick Kavanagh’s timeless A Christmas Childhood, William Butler Yeats’s Easter 1916 and Paul Durcan’s Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin have be(...)