Thomas Kinsella is honoured with the UCD Ulysses Medal. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Poetry editor Gerard Smyth salutes a poet renowned for The Táin and Butcher’s Dozen

Bob Dylan: ‘These songs of mine, they’re like mystery stories, the kind that Shakespeare saw when he was growing up.’  Photograph: Heaven’s Door/Instagram

American history and sprawling geography, has been central to musician as a poet and songwriter

Derek Mahon in Trinity College Dublin, where he studied

His poem, Everything is Going to be All Right, captured the national mood during the pandemic

Eileán Ni Chuilleanáin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Ireland professor of poetry wins €2,000 prize for The Mother House

Leanne O’Sullivan has been shortlisted for the ‘Irish Times’ Poetry Now award for ‘A Quarter of an Hour’.

Prize worth €2,000 will be presented as part of Mountains-to-Sea dlr book festival

 Barber Arthur McGuinness, of McGuinness’s Barber Shop in Glasnevin (estd 1910) works on Frank Briscoe of Finglas as an impatient Santa Claus looks on. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times
A poem for Christmas

The City Clocks, by Gerard Smyth

Poet Macdara Woods, who has died, photographed in November 1999. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Work of almost five decades adds up to a life-long unitary project of great coherence

Poet Leontia Flynn,  winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award  for her collection ‘The Radio’.

‘The Radio’ was one of five books shortlisted by the judges

Patrick Kavanagh. Photograph: The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland.

Kavanagh was a mentor to many and shared US Beat poets’ liberating use of the vernacular and rejection of conventional poetic lang(...)

Bob Dylan performing in 1993: he “widened the scope of poetry more successfully than many of the Beat poets”. Photograph: EPA

This weekend, the literary giant will be celebrated at the Nobel prize-giving ceremony. He harnesses the power of language like no(...)

Leonard Cohen after  receiving the 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Letters  in Oviedo, Spain. Photograph: J.L. Cereijido/EPA

From the archive: Of all the singer-songwriters of his era labelled as poets, Cohen was perhaps the one who truly bridged the divi(...)

Poet Caitríona O’Reilly has won this year’s ’Irish Times’ Poetry Now award.

Poet’s collection ‘Geis’ was described as ‘intense and intelligent’ by this year’s judges

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891 - 1917). Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Meath poet Francis Ledwidge accurately predicted the posthumous fate (until so very recently) of the thousands of Irishmen who die(...)

Evan Boland: A pioneering voice of the unheard in the ‘City of Shadows’. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Celebrating Irish women writers: ‘She pioneered a poetic language for those living unseen lives in the new territories of Dublin s(...)

Gerard Smyth, Poetry Editor of The Irish Times, who has published his eighth collection, A Song of Elsewhere (Dedalus Press)

As he publishes his eighth collection of poetry, 46 years after his first work appeared in print, the Irish Times Poetry Editor re(...)

Sinéad Morrissey: previously won the award book of poems ‘Through the Square Window’

Belfast poet wins accolade for second time for her collection ‘Parallax’

Michael Symmons Roberts is at home in science as he is in scripture, as happy with the sensory world as with the transcendent – wh(...)

Joyous paean to a Liberties boyhood

 The city of Coimbra.  Photograph: Getty Images
Portuguese treasure

Stratified history and extravagant architecture make Coimbra a jewel to wander in

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