The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst, Gemma Arterton and the great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, Laura Pankhurst take part in a march in central London to mark International Women’s Day. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina will mark International Women’s Day on Sunday afternoon with a reception for over 100 Irish sportswom(...)

Author Eimear McBride grew up in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo and Castlebar, Co Mayo before moving to the UK at the age of 17. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eimear McBride has collected a major award in women’s fiction for her debut novel A Girl Is A Half Formed Thing - which had sat on a shelf for nine ye(...)

The panel of judges for this year’s £30,000 Baileys Prize, and the six shortlisted titles: from left, Denise Mina, Sophie Raworth, Helen Fraser,  Mary Beard and Caitlin Moran

First-time Irish authors Audrey Magee (The Undertaking) and Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) have been shortlisted for this year’s Ba(...)

Chieftains members Triona Marshall and Paddy Moloney give a performance. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Traditional music veterans The Chieftains have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to music.Paddy Moloney, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Kev(...)

A salute to Seamus Heaney. Photograph: Belinda Lawley/Southbank Centre

In the darkness, on the bank of the Thames, Seamus Heaney’s voice, one so recently gone, filled the hall, “Between my finger and my thumb. The squat p(...)

M&S chief executive Marc Bolland yesterday reported the retailer’s eighth consecutive decline in general merchandise sales, largely clothing but also taking in home and footwear. Photograph: Adrian Brooks/Imagewise/PA Wire

A cheer echoed around Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, yesterday morning, not in celebration of a goal but in response to news from Mark(...)