Michael Hartnett: lament for a lost cat

Inquiring after my (still-missing) cat Pete Briquette recently, an anonymous but thoughtful reader sent me a poem by the late Michael Hartnett. This w(...)

Paddy Bushe: he writes in both English and Irish and  has published 10 collections. Photograph: Pat Boran

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award is Dublin-born Paddy Bushe for his collection On A Turning Wing, published by Dedalus Press. Th(...)

John Donohoe in his shop in Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Who? John Donohoe. I own and run John’s Bookshop in Athlone, Co Westmeath, which sells second-hand and antiquarian books, rare documents, ephemera, (...)

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: bull and bear market cycles can be difficult to reliably identify. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Many investors are fearful that a bear market is overdue, given that the S&P 500 has more than tripled over the last seven years without once suff(...)

Paul Durcan in front of a mural in Sandymount: in Breaking News, the poet recalls the final conversation between himself and Seamus Heaney on Sandymount strand. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paul Durcan is adding another packet of sugar to his cappuccino. “God,” he says, by way of apology, “I’m a terrible man for the sugar.” But he keep(...)

If the Dublin of Michael Smith’s upbringing was central to his work, so too were the landscapes, people and poets of Spain – a country he returned to again and again and whose poets he served as a dedicated and sympathetic translator.

Michael Smith’s gift were many – as poet, translator, teacher, founder and guiding spirit of an influential press and literary journal. He was also me(...)

Gabriel Fitzmaurice: his ballads double as, or include, tales and jokes and self-reflective meditations

The Dublin poet Valentin Iremonger (1920-92) first published his poems in a provocatively titled 1944 anthology, On the Barricades. As The Poems of Va(...)

People who know about film know about Pat Collins. The Cork-born film-maker has long been respected for his original, thoughtful documentaries (...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: It’s something of a Wall Street ritual to lower estimates as the earnings season approaches, allowing companies to then beat expectations. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/reuters

US earnings season has begun, and cautious analysts are busy cutting estimates. In January, annual growth of 4 per cent was projected; by last (...)

The life of Margaret Patricia (Patsy) Harrold, who has died aged 83, very much mirrored the writings of her fellow Limerick natives Frank McCourt and (...)

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