Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

There can’t be a writer alive who doesn’t appreciate a monetary prize, no matter how famous or established they are. Everything helps. Literary prizes(...)

31/08/2014: A procession walks from the graveside of Seamus Heaney in St. Marys Church, Bellaghy, to celebrate the life of the Nobel Laureate on the first anniversary of the death. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A controversial €190 million dual carriageway bisecting the landscape that inspired the writings of Seamus Heaney has been given the go-ahead. Part o(...)

Seamus Heaney did not confine himself to poetry. A respected critic, he also was a distinguished academic and his translations from Greek, Latin, Italian, Irish and Anglo-Saxon reflect the extent of his learning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Born: April 13th, 1939; Died: August 30th, 2013The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, was described by Robert Lowell as “the most imp(...)