Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

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 have come to study wine. London feels like the centre of the world; winemakers and critics congregate here.’

I love how the plane feels as if it is being pushed up from behind as it leaves Dublin. I love the whoosh of dusty air that hits your eyes as the Tub(...)

The Edge, Yoko Ono and Bono stand infront of a tapestry in memory of John Lennon at Ellis Island. Photograph: Edu Bayer 1:21

U2’s Bono claimed John Lennon and the rest of The Beatles as Irish at a ceremony on Ellis Island off New York City to unveil a giant tapestry marking (...)

Toni Morrison: ‘I think my sexual scenes are the best. They’re fabulous because I assume that the reader’s sex is sexier than mine. I’m not going to get clinical about it.’ Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

‘No one asked Tolstoy, ‘Will you ever write about a 12-year-old girl in Lorain, Ohio?’ ” says Toni Morrison, laughing at the absurdity, as she recl(...)

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(...)