Edna O'Brien: `I remember being very hurt and often furious as well as hurt, absolutely livid, with the audacity and covert jealousy of some reviewers'. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Irish Revel” is the first story in a big, bold new collection of Edna O’Brien’s short stories, and 50 years after she wrote it, her account of 17-yea(...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

Pat Kenny begins his Newstalk radio show yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

At 10am yesterday morning, two very different sounds were broadcast from the radio studios at Newstalk and RTÉ. From Newstalk, it was the splash of a (...)

A visit that changed us forever
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  • June 19, 2013, 00:00

JFK called his visit to Ireland in June 1963 “the happiest days of my life”. As his sister, Jean Kennedy Smith, recalls in these pages, he watched fil(...)

Hisham Matar’s superb novel Anatomy of a Disappearance   failed to make it past the Impac longlist.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland’s Kevin Barry, an artist of daring and linguistic panache, has been declared the victor. This is the third Irish Impac win to date, and at suc(...)

Cork Airport, early 1970s, waiting to board a plane. Also waiting is a handsome, rather stern-looking woman, who stammers slightly (like myself(...)

Deborah Levy: ‘In my teens I used to comb the bookshelves looking for ones that might have some sex in them. I took down Edna O’Brien’s Country Girls books and devoured them.’

When Deborah Levy arrives in the foyer of a London hotel, it’s hard to miss her. Wild blonde hair, red-lipped and wearing layers against the sn(...)

Seamus Heaney  who is due to read at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway.

Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Edna O’Brien and AM Homes are among writers and poets due to read at this year’s Cúirt (...)