If the Dublin of Michael Smith’s upbringing was central to his work, so too were the landscapes, people and poets of Spain – a country he returned to again and again and whose poets he served as a dedicated and sympathetic translator.

Michael Smith’s gift were many – as poet, translator, teacher, founder and guiding spirit of an influential press and literary journal. He was also me(...)

Con Devlin, who has died aged 79, was a master printer and typesetter. He had served a rigorous apprenticeship as a Monotype keyboard operator. Yet by(...)

JP O’Malley: ‘My hope, with this new event, is to bring the Irish expatriate community together for a regular night of culture and conversation.’

I interviewed the Irish novelist and journalist Colm Tóibín a few years ago about a book of essays he had just published, New Ways To Kill Your Mot(...)

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney has been at the centre of headlines on both sides of the Irish Sea this morning. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • November 12, 2014, 08:47

Leading today’s paper headlines are comments from Irish goalkeeper Shay Given who has leaped to the defence of teammates James McCarthy and Aiden M(...)

Louis de Paor: A modernity of tone and subject comes across in the translations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Louis de Paor edited Innti, the nursery of new Irish poetry, at University College Cork in the 1980s, after which he spent time in Australia before re(...)

 Jim McGuinness: guided Donegal to an All-Ireland title in 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian McEniff, the only other man to guide Donegal to the All-Ireland football title, believes Jim McGuinness will return for a fifth year as manager.(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey leaving the field strewn in streamers. One can only hope that  was not his last act in a Donegal shirt. Photograph: Inpho

“DO you mind? I’ve been waiting here since half past 12,” a Kerry woman informed a Donegal man, cursed by height and stature, as he tried to unobtrusi(...)

Donegal’s goalkeeper Paul Durcan gets above  Eamonn McGee and Kerry’s  Kieran Donaghy to clear the ball during the All-Ireland Football Final at Croke Park. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

When TG4 first started broadcasting, one of the most eye-catching shows on their schedule was GAA Gold, re-runs of old hurling and football matches fr(...)

Kerry’s Aidan O’Mahony clashes with Donegal’s Michael Murphy during last Sunday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

First things first. Our man up the tree. I’ve been talking to everyone I can about it and we’ve all reached a theory that we’re happy enough with. We (...)

A crestfallen Neil McGee of Donegal sits on the pitch at Croke Park following the All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

In the semi-finals Donegal’s much-referenced system derailed a Dublin team regarded as shoo-ins for back-to-back All-Irelands and made the winners cle(...)