Limerick players celebrate in the dressing room with manager John Allen after their championship success at Gaelic Grounds in Limerick last year where Cork were beaten. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sunday, June 25th 2006: There’s no doubt but that, for any hurler, playing in a Munster senior hurling final is only eclipsed by playing in an All-Ire(...)

Have we had the time of our lives?

For the average worker, summer is a time of freedom. But one wonders precisely what sort of liberty is expressed by going somewhere, seeing the sig(...)

Mad Men: the TV series has featured work by the wonderful American poet Frank O’Hara

Is this the consequence of an overly optimistic disposition or is poetry everywhere in recent times? Devotees of B(...)

Robert Frost: JFK recognised that poets can sometimes be quarrelsome but welcomed the contribution of those who “sail against the currents of their time”.  Getty Images

Americans will soon experience a painful set of national memories. In less than a month our calendars will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassinat(...)

Seamus Heaney did not confine himself to poetry. A respected critic, he also was a distinguished academic and his translations from Greek, Latin, Italian, Irish and Anglo-Saxon reflect the extent of his learning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Born: April 13th, 1939; Died: August 30th, 2013The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, was described by Robert Lowell as “the most imp(...)

Maurice Riordan: the creaturely and animal poems in his fourth collection strike out in a new direction

Maurice Riordan’s fourth collection, The Water Stealer (Faber, £12.99), continues to mine the rich material that was at the heart of his outstanding 2(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy: happy to air his views on the aspersions cast on his team’s fitness.

We hold these truths to be self-evident – or at least did until comparatively recently. The accumulation of weird events in the senior hurling champio(...)

Scareman of the board: Marlon Wayans, far right, and friends in A Haunted House

‘There’s math and science to comedy,” the mighty Marlon Wayans muses. “I’m serious. This equals this. That equals that. There is even science to a goo(...)

Clapboard home: the poet Robert Frost. Photograph: Eric Schaal//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

At Robert Frost’s old home in Franconia, New Hampshire, there was a skunk under the deck, deer in the garden, and bears in the forest. I could (...)