BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane, with broadcaster and writer Olivia O’Leary at the Worldwide Ireland Funds ceremony where Mr Keane won the annual literary award. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane was on Thursday awarded Worldwide Ireland Funds annual literary award of $25,000. The ceremony took place at M(...)

Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States (L) helps Neil Sands, President of the Irish Network Bay Area, lay an Irish flag atop two wreaths at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters 0:58

The memorial grew in size as last night wore on. Some mementos left at the scene clearly had a personal significance to the six Irish students killed (...)

Antoinette Quinn, who has died aged 74, was an acknowledged expert on Patrick Kavanagh and the author of an acclaimed biography of the poet. It was f(...)

Belfast artist Colin Davidson. Silent Testimony, a new  exhibition by the artist  exploring the theme of suffering and loss in the Troubles, opens today. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Press Eye

A new exhibition, Silent Testimony, by Belfast artist Colin Davidson explores the theme of loss and features people who suffered bereavement and injur(...)

Poet Seamus Heaney:  is buried in a corner of St Mary’s churchyard, under ash and sycamore trees. The Scullions lie between him, his baby brother Christopher, his mother, his father, his two aunts and his sister Anne

O death where is thy sting? Last August I was in Ballaghy, Co Derry, for an event marking the first anniversary of poet Seamus Heaney’s death. Havi(...)

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt 6:47

Democracy is alive and well on Irish offshore islands, if the tallies from last week’s referendum are anything to go by. Two of three Aran islands vot(...)

US Senator George Mitchell, pictured at Queen’s University,  Belfast last month, was a special guest at the  American Ireland Fund’s New York gala. Photograph: Paul McErlan/EPA

The American Ireland Fund, the philanthropic organisation that raises money for Irish causes, made $4.3 million (€3.8 million) at its 40th annual New (...)

Shambaugh House, where many International Writing Programme events take place. Photograph courtesy IWP

There’s a lot of idle chatter about writers and their terror of the blank page, but for many of us the real enemy is too much clutter. How can (...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I first heard the name of the Meath poet Francis Ledwidge in a Dublin classroom in 1966 – central to that year’s schoolday preoccupations was learning(...)

Alejandro Zambra: ‘I am utterly sure that I read a different Seamus Heaney than you. And I loved him, for sure, I felt close to him, but I know that closeness involves a deep distance.’ Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

It’s hard to escape a strange sense of wonder when reading Alejandro Zambra’s books. They are slight enough to look at – Bonsai (2008), his first n(...)