Colm Toibin

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Seamus Heaney: to read the extraordinary outpouring of grief, memory and mourning is to realise his death was a unique – and a uniquely Irish – event. Photograph: Neil Drabble/Camera Press

Many years ago I was invited to a dinner in the Department of Foreign Affairs attended by Seamus Heaney, among others, and presided over by the then t(...)

Singer Paul Simon reads a poem during a tribute to Seamus Heaney at Cooper Union in New York City on Monday evening. Photograph: Michael Nagle

For Paul Simon it was 50 ways to read a poem as one of America’s greatest songwriters practised verses by one of Ireland’s greatest poets for a Seamus(...)

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial service to the late poet Seamus Heaney in New York last night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The crowd spilled out into the aisles of Cooper Union Great Hall in New York City to hear 20 American and Irish writers read the words of Seamus He(...)

Colm Tóibín is one of three Irish authors nominated for  the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Three Irish authors have been nominated for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. The longlist, published today, consists of 152 titles propo(...)

Colm Tóibín with fellow Booker short-listees. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Canadian-born New Zealander, Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for 2013 with her second novel, The Luminaries.The entertaining human comed(...)

Colm Tóibín: writes in a beguiling mixture of prose and poetry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

I believe it important that Colm Tóibín wins the Man Booker Prize next Wednesday for his novella The Testament of Mary. I don’t just mean “important f(...)

Latest prices: contenders for this month’s prizes. Montage: Dearbhla Kelly/The Irish Times. Odds from William Hill and Paddy Power on October 3rd. Original photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

A pony on the nose for Colm Tóibín and a monkey on the jolly for the Mercury. The big rise in culture betting may not have arty types cluttering up bo(...)

Local hero: Seán Quinn at his cement plant in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, in 1991. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times
1987: Quinn begins
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  • September 28, 2013, 01:00

I set off from Derrylin to walk to Ballyconnell. The rain came down in torrents. The road was narrow, and passing cars splashed water all over me. Som(...)

‘Let’s not panic just yet’: Anne Enright, who won the Booker in 2007 for ‘The Gathering’.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Outrage and the Man Booker Prize are the equivalent of gin and tonic, and of Christmas and panic-bought book tokens. Less than a week after this year’(...)

A lone Irish writer features on one of the more interesting shortlists to have emerged in the often capricious history of the Man Booker Prize for Fic(...)

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