Anthony Cronin: allowed his sense of the magic and mystery of words to rub against his refusal to deal in twilights or easy emotions.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Anthony Cronin was a brilliant thinker and critic and wonderful company. His analysis of the world around him was sharp and acute. His journalism was (...)

Theo Dorgan, pictured,  said Anthony Cronin was a man with a great heart who had sacrificed a certain amount of reputation by sitting down with the “political machines’’ in setting up Aosdána to help writers and artists. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The privately kind man was highlighted in many of the tributes paid to Anthony Cronin yesterday. Poet Michael O’Loughlin said Cronin’s death threw (...)

Poets Seamus Heaney and Anthony Cronin enjoy a light moment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Within about two minutes of first meeting Anthony Cronin, he dismissed me as an idiot for not knowing the whereabouts of McDaid’s public house. He s(...)

Bloomsday 1954: John Ryan, Anthony Cronin, Brian O’Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh and  Tom Joyce, on Sandymount strand

In another age, the natural description for Anthony Cronin – who has died aged 88 – would have been “man of letters”. He was a literary polymath – a(...)

Anthony Cronin:  His obsessions had been, in Hamlet’s phrase, “the very form and pressure of the time”. Photograph: Frank Miller

The poet, novelist, biographer and critic, Anthony Cronin, who has died aged 88, was among the foremost cultural commentators in Ireland in the late 2(...)

Poet, novelist and critic  Anthony Cronin has died aged 88. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh.

The Irish poet, novelist and critic Anthony Cronin has died. He was 88. Cronin was one of the best known cultural commentators in Ireland over the l(...)

Anthony Cronin: found poetry “not only pleasurable but in a funny sort of way a consolation and an illumination to read”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Anthony Cronin is ensconced next to a bookshelf in his living room with a reading light shining over his shoulder. This venerable man of Irish letter(...)

The Copper Beeches, near Tullamore: childhood home of Flann O’Brien

It’s not every weekend you get the chance to go through hell, or at least a version of it. So finding myself in Tullamore on Saturday last, I took a s(...)

The Slí na gCopaleen, as it’s called, starts on Friday in the village of Derrybeg

In the original Irish, Gort a’ Choirce was just a field of oats, literally. But the Donegal village that has since grown up where the cereal used to b(...)

Áine Divine painting Ian McKellen

In a world full of smartphones, selfies and Instagram moments, why would anyone take the time and trouble to draw or paint a portrait? The answer is,(...)