Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Emmeline Pankhurst: took a prominent role in the ‘White Feather’ campaign which aimed to shame men into volunteering for the army. Photograph: PA

At the risk of disillusioning Mary O’Dowd (Letters, Wednesday), it must be said that women were neither as invisible during the first World War as the(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

President Michael D Higgins said it was an honour to  become a Freeman of a city of writers, poets, sports stars, patriots and composers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins today recalled Cork’s great contributions to Irish politics, sport and culture over the past 100 years as he spoke (...)

Irrepressible: Terri Hooley at Doolin Writers’ Festival

Punk’s not dead, though it does have a rather worrying cough. A writers festival in Doolin, Co Clare is not somewhere I’d expect to come in con(...)

The news this month that Amtrak, the US rail operator, is to introduce writers-in-residence on its 15 long-distance routes reminds us of the li(...)

Bunreacht Na hÉireann

Ireland is at a point in its history where fundamental questions are being asked about how it is run, how it is shaped, and how its identity will chan(...)

The whip is a brutal instrument, designed to draw forced obedience from slaves. It has no place in a democracy as an instrument of terror. It is an ob(...)