The Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

An autographed theatre programme recently acquired by the UCD Library reminds us that even in a digital age, printed documents with ink inscrip(...)

Trio of friends: John Montague, his wife, Elizabeth Wassel, and Seamus Heaney in 2009. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recently I spoke in Enniskillen at the Happy Days Beckett festival, an event Seamus would have loved for its generosity of spirit. He, like myself, em(...)

Sean O'Faolain photographed on his 90th Birthday in February 1990.Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Here is a quote from one of Éamon de Valera’s more remarkable radio broadcasts, delivered in 1933. “The Irish genius has always stressed spirit(...)