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Malachy O’Rourke: “We were glad we were able to hold our composure, even when we went down to 14 men, and finish out the game.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s 30 years since Monaghan beat Kerry in Monaghan and when Cormac Reilly blew his whistle at the end the roar in Inniskeen reverberated around the s(...)

Novena of poems:   Caitríona Ní Chléirchín   reads “In Memory of My Mother” at the graveside of  Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of  his death. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was “a day for the long johns”, as one of the older men present said to his neighbour. Nevertheless, 50 years after Patrick Kavanagh’s death on Nov(...)

Some of of Ireland’s finest writers and poets will gather to pay tribute to Kavanagh on the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death. Photograph courtesy of the Wiltshire Collection/National Library of Ireland

In Iniskeen, Co Monaghan, the weather forecast predicted Thursday would be 4 degrees with showers (37 per cent chance of precipitation) and a bit(...)

Snowfall: “I’ve seen frosty mornings where the spray of a leaking hose made art out of dead stalks of cow parsley.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

I spent about a third of the year in the country, walking the roads of south Monaghan and north Louth. I walked on the day that Bowie died. Little Jan(...)