A painting believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

They come crawling out again, the Shakespeare conspiracy theorists. The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth fell sometime this week. (His (...)

Rock of the bay: a Dublin and Kingstown locomotive approaches Blackrock, in Co Dublin, in 1834; Dargan’s stonework survives on the line. Image: SSPL/Getty

This biography tells the story of William Dargan, the greatest Irish railway engineer and contractor of the first and most important phase of Irish ra(...)

The Red House, Youghal, Co Cork

“Look!” says Helen Keane as she shifts a rug on the floor at the Red House. “When we lifted the old carpets this is what we found.” She has exposed a (...)

A Matter of Life and Death, with David Niven, is the subject of Sinead Morrissey’s poem of that name, part of her collection, Parallax, shortlisted for the Forward Prize

The frenetic autumn awards season has begun with the Irish Times Poetry Now Award, which has made its pick of the best book published in 2012. It will(...)

Obituary: Robert Welch
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  • March 16, 2013, 06:00

Robert Anthony Welch, who has died aged 65, was an academic, writer and critic. He produced a wide range of publications – poems, plays and nov(...)