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(...)

Tomas Tranströmer, who has died aged 83, was a Swedish poet and Nobel prizewinner known for a body of work in which shrewd metaphors were couched in d(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

Stephen Rea  accepting his special tribute award during The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in February. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen Rea was the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The award is giving each year to someone w(...)

James Brohan’s painting of poet Seamus Heaney is one of the highlights of the collection, and is currently on display at Barbara Stanley’s gallery in Mayfair

Leading Irish artists, including Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley, have donated paintings to raise funds for the Irish Cultural Centre in Lond(...)

Theo Dorgan’s collection was called a “lumunious book” by the judges. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Cork-born poet Theo Dorgan for his collection, Nine Bright Shiners. The presentation of t(...)