Eunice Adeleye was born in Ireland to Nigerian parents in 2007. In school her favourite subject is maths. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Photograph: Kim Haughton

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Kim Haughton’s project Portrait of a Century is genius in both its simplicity and impact. The Irish pho(...)

War poet: Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell, along with five other men from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

A national day of commemoration will be held to mark the centenary of the death of the poet Francis Ledwidge, who was killed in the first World War. (...)

The  Seamus Heaney HomePlace, an arts and literary centre in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An environmentalist has lost a Belfast High Court bid to stop a planned new £160 million dual carriageway going through landscape made famous by poet (...)

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(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster signs a book of condolences for Martin McGuinness at Stormont in Belfast. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Former DUP first minister Arlene Foster was one of the Northern party leaders who paid tribute to Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness at Stormont on Wednesd(...)

Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness at the Sinn Féin ardfheis in 1996. “While he had a passion for politics, Martin was not one-dimensional. He enjoyed storytelling and he was a decent poet.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Yesterday, Ireland lost a hero. Derry lost a son. Sinn Féin lost a leader, and I lost a dear friend and a comrade. Martin’s family have suffered the b(...)

 Derek Walcott  in Saint Malo, France, in 1993. Photograph:  Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Lamentation will rend the air today, and not just in his native St Lucia in the Caribbean, but everywhere poetry is revered. Derek Walcott, who died o(...)

John McNamee, dressed as a customs worker, joined  members of Border Communities Against Brexit to protest against Brexit by setting up an old customs post at Carrickcarnon in February 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With his forthcoming White Paper on a united Ireland, Micheál Martin is seeking to strip a charged topic of some of the substantial layers of emotion (...)

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Hennessy Literary Awards: the winners of the 2017 awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on March 28th at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Dublin. Illustration: Jayesh/Getty

Let’s begin with Sebastian Barry – a penniless 23-year-old Sebastian Barry, that is, in a tiny room in Paris in 1979, writing and rewriting a story he(...)