Actor and artistic director Cathal Quinn, actor Clodagh Nic Gabhann and dancer Megan Kennedy will perform in Everlasting Voices / Guthanna Síoraí, which centres on the work of three Irish Nobel Laureates, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and Samuel Beckett. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The poetry of three Irish Nobel laureates will be brought to life this week in a unique show performed in both English and Irish.Everlasting Voices, a(...)

Everlasting Voices

The work of four of Ireland’s Nobel Laureates comes to the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College next week. Everlasting Voices/ Guthanna Síoraí(...)

Seamus Heaney’s inclusion as an Unseen Poet on Paper 2 this year has been  described by many students as “just cruel”.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Examiners sent Seamus Heaney astray again this Leaving Cert, as the poet turned up on the Unseen Poetry section and not in Prescribed Poetry - as many(...)

Track records: Derek Walcott with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire in 1989, three years before Walcott received the Nobel Prize. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In 1988 in Dún Laoghaire, Derek Walcott took part in a round-table discussion with Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray. By then identified wi(...)

Niamh Lunny, Abbey Theatre head of costume, preparing a costume worn by Bob Acres played by Tom Vaughan Lawlor in The Rivals by  Sheridan. It forms part of the Performance Ireland 1904-2014 exhibition at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Scrapbooks kept by Lady Gregory, hundreds of set and costume designs, and an original prompt script for Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars are am(...)

Enda Kenny meets US vice-president Joe Biden and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy

A beautiful Japanese garden on a sunny December day in Tokyo. The maples glow, still in their autumn finery, throwing shapes in dramatic shades of red(...)

Lou Reed performing during Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series  in New York, in  2010. Reed, best known for his work with The Velvet Underground and for songs including Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, died on Sunday aged 71. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

Lou Reed, one of rock music’s most influential alternative music figures, died yesterday at the age of 71. The cause of death has not yet been release(...)

Eighteen years ago Ruud and Femmy Bolmeijer, the Dutch owners of Tulira Castle, were looking for a retirement project at the end of Ruud’s career as a(...)

The new bridge linking Burgh Quay and Marlborough Street under construction over the river Liffey in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin’s Abbey Theatre has launched an online “urgent petition” seeking to have the new bridge on the River Liffey, currently under constructio(...)