The O’Rahilly

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem is We Carried it to Here as Best W(...)

Going his own way: Paul Muldoon around the time of Madoc. Photograph: Frank Miller

When Paul Muldoon posted a selection of poems to Seamus Heaney in April 1968 he was just 16 years old. Muldoon’s teacher in Armagh had taken him to a(...)

Sideways: from the self-portrait by Tony O’Malley. Courtesy of the Butler Gallery

Tony O’Malley probably produced more self-portraits than any other Irish artist, even if we count William Orpen’s many self-deprecating essays in the(...)

Kevin Turley: ‘I was amazed arriving here in the 1980s to find the English - of varying educational backgrounds - knew less about their history than I did.’

A recent Generation Emigration article lamented the lack of historical awareness in England about Ireland, and, in particular, the events of 1916. Hav(...)

Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown is singing in her kitchen. We’re in her home at garden level, just off one of Dún Laoghaire’s Victorian squares, and we have been talki(...)

In 1960 Stewart Parker’s uncle took him to see Sam Thomson’s groundbreaking play about sectarian violence in the Belfast shipyards, Over the Bridge. (...)

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the GPO. Photograph: Maxwell

Acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made a 1916 centenary appeal for politicians to work together in the national interest, in his most significant speech(...)

Colum Eastwood: “But our voice is back, and is getting stronger by the day. The SDLP is back in the conversation”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he will take his party into opposition after the Assembly election in the North unless key infrastructure and educati(...)

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood with former party leader John Hume at the conclusion of the conference. Photograph by Declan Roughan

The Assembly election on May 5th must be a referendum on the record of Stormont leadership from Sinn Féin and the DUP over the last nine years, the SD(...)

Poet Caitríona O’Reilly has won this year’s ’Irish Times’ Poetry Now award.

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Caitríona O’Reilly for Geis, published by Bloodaxe Books. The award will be presented to t(...)