Bardic tradition: Thomas Kinsella’s  creative incorporation of Irish mythology and the early bardic poets is part of his poet’s ongoing project of repossessing an aesthetic Gaelic culture. Above, Kinsella with Eavan Boland and John F Deane during a tribute night to Kinsella at the Gate Theatre in Dublin Writers’ Week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“We cannot renew the Gift But we can drain it to the last drop.” Born into the working-class neighbourhood of Inchicore, Dublin, in 1928, just six (...)

An original copy of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic sold for £305,000 (€420,000)

MONDAY (December 14th) Whyte’s, Molesworth Street, Dublin. “Sport and entertainment.” A 1912 All-Ireland medal awarded to a member of the Louth GAA (...)

Honor takes one look at our tent-slash-tipi and I know exactly what’s going through her mind. It’s the exact same thing that’s going through mine. (...)

Muhammad Ali, the subject of a new poem in Poetry by Declan Ryan, poses a portrait in his robe in 1964. Photograph: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

In their beginnings the generation of poets that included Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Richard Murphy and the slightly younger Seamus Heaney and(...)

‘I would like to see the Berlin Wall between science and poetry demolished,’ says physicist and poet Dr Iggy McGovern

About 55,000 students will do the Leaving Cert next month. For many, it’ll be the last time they set eyes on poetry. Do you blame them?Education is of(...)

 Thomas Kinsella: “Despite its length and the critical acclaim it has received it is often remarked that his work is more praised then read. The waning of his central influence in Irish poetry has been credited to a number of factors including his ‘turn’ in style from the structured lyrical early work to poetry of a more modernist form with increasingly ‘difficult’ themes.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poetry is most powerful when it resonates, even when that connection is not obvious at first. Between 2011 and 2012 I lived a 15-minute walk fr(...)

Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor of The Irish Times, who has published his eighth collection, A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press)

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Sean Lynch’s For the Birds, which works with the myth of An Buile Suibhne

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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 (...)

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn (centre), conferring the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin on Fr Peter McVerry (left) and Brian O’Driscoll, at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin last night. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry were awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin last night. (...)