Then taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking in the National Gallery  when he launched Creative Ireland,  an ambitious plan for the arts, which sceptics regarded as just cosmetic fluff.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The winter sun streamed through the tall windows of the refurbished Shaw Room in the National Gallery last December as theatre directors, film-makers(...)

Anne Enright, the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction: “The spiral of male affection twists up through our cultural life.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Author Anne Enright has criticised the perception that creative work by women “isn’t good enough”. “The argument about excellence ... is incredibly hu(...)

Sally Rooney: The debut novelist delivers a dynamic tale about the messy, overlapping relationships between four captivating characters. Photograph: Jonny Davies

As Anne Enright wrote in her 2011 novel The Forgotten Waltz, being the “Not Wife” is a delicate business. It’s a lesson that 21-year-old Frances, the (...)

Anne Enright,  Laureate for Irish Fiction, Photograph: Alan Betson

Booker Prize-winning author Anne Enright is engaged in a planning battle with neighbours in Sandycove, Co Dublin. Peter and Liz Miller have lodged p(...)

The former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney. Born July 20th, 1932; died April 13th, 2017. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dan Rooney, who has died at the age of 84, was famous in his native United States as the owner of the most successful American football team, the Pitt(...)

 Anne Enright’s ‘The Green Road’ is the only Irish book on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist. Photograph: Alan Betson

A lone Irish writer and one previous winner are among the 10 contenders battling, politely, for the International Dublin Literary Award. This year’s s(...)

A homepage image from Ireland.ie

A new website showcasing Irish creativity was launched on Wednesday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington DC. www.Ireland. ie is an initiative of th(...)

Think we’ve missed any important quotes? Let us know by submitting your suggestions here and we will publish a selection of the best 1(...)

Katherine Zappone: Tuam was “part of a tapestry of oppression, abuse and systematic human rights violations”. Photograph: Eric Luke

An interim report on the Tuam baby scandal is to be published by the end of the month, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has said. Taoiseach En(...)

Author Elizabeth Bowen

The Last September, Elizabeth Bowen (1929)  Set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, Elizabeth Bowen’s novel was publ(...)