Eavan Boland

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As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

 Lauren Conway, a Leaving Cert student at Coláiste Éinde, Galway: “The question on ‘Hamlet’ asked us to examine it as a disturbing psychological thriller, and I think most students were quite happy with this question.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It was the discussion of the Leaving Cert: which poets will appear on the paper? Like a lot of my classmates, I was really nervous about this. While (...)

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An audible sigh of relief was heard around the country at 2pm on Thursday as students opened their English exam paper and found that all the predicted(...)

The Leaving Cert starts today and the ensuing media circus that goes with it is in full swing. But why are we still putting faith in this absurd (...)

Former minister for arts John O’ Donoghue  emphasised the need for an ‘arm’s length’ between State and the arts. In th3e background is Frieze, by Fergus Martin and Anthony Hobbs, 2003. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We will probably read and hear much about the scholar and revolutionary George Noble Plunkett in 2017. Appointed director of the National Museum in 19(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

Senator David Norris on Budget 2017: “I think it is a complete and utter waste of time. It has been leaked for weeks.”

David Norris spoke for many on Tuesday afternoon after Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe performed the traditional reading of the budget leaks into t(...)

Public voice: Paula Meehan in 2015. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Although Paula Meehan was born in 1955 and grew up in the new working-class Dublin suburb of Finglas, she is one of the last artists with roots in the(...)

John Banville, Eavan Boland (pictured above) and John Montague are among the line-up for a Yeats 150th anniversary event at the National Concert Hall next month.

Rebellion at Stinging Fly The deadline for submissions to The Stinging Fly February 2016 issue is this Friday, August 14th. In the Wake of the (...)

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 (...)

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