Brian O’Driscoll: joins list including John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, the four members of U2, Kevin Heffernan, Aung San Suu Kyi. Louis Le Brocquy and Thomas Kinsella. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry are to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. Lord Mayor Oisín Qui(...)

Late poet Seamus Heaney as he appeared in 1970. Photograph: PA Wire

There was “collective shock” among the literary community today at the sudden passing of “one of the world’s greatest writers”. Poet Theo Dorgan has s(...)

Nobel Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney who died today aged 74. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the death of Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney today has brought a “great sorrow to Ireland” and only the poet himself could (...)