Bono  and Adam Clayton of  U2 perform with the band  in Trafalgar Square in central London  during the MTV Presents Trafalgar Square event ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards  tomorrow. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday night in Trafalgar Square, London. Four iconic lions flank four iconic Dublin lads as they take to the stage at one of the world’s most famou(...)

Puppets of Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo (left), PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (centre) and president Andrzej Duda in a pro-EU membership march. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

A highlight of being The Irish Times’s Berlin correspondent is being able to hop aboard a train and head over the border to report from Poland. This(...)

The Thrill of it All tells the story of a band called The Ships in the Night, using interviews, lyrics, memoirs and diaries.

This month The Irish Times Book Club is reading Joseph O’Connor’s latest novel, The Thrill of it All. Here is an extract from the first chapter, wh(...)

Robert Pinsky: “There is a very active vital life of poetry in the US, quite contrary to the stereotype that all Americans are vulgar yahoos who don’t care about art.” Photograph: Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe/ Getty Images

The term “poet-in-residence” suggests a leisurely period of domicile: a year at a university, perhaps, or a season in some crumbling mansion by the(...)

Seamus Heaney pictured in 2004 at the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

One of the most persistent themes in the outpouring of remembrances about the late Seamus Heaney has been his fidelity to his birthplace, the famil(...)

Seamus Heaney at the Lincoln Centre in New York in 2001. “For all his Irishness, Heaney was always inclusive, outward-facing and open.” Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

In Summer 1969, a poem from his acclaimed 1975 collection North, Seamus Heaney recalls how he was in Spain when the Troubles broke out in Northern Ire(...)