Declan Kiberd

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Everyone writes because there is an inner compulsion, what Deirdre Madden (above) called “bearing witness” because one carries “moral knowledge”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Writing and Identity” was the central topic of Novel Encounters, a recent meeting of Irish and Greek writers in Corfu that I helped to organise. The (...)

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Here are the shortlisted entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year The(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

 Bob Dylan during the 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards  at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California in January 2012. Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty

Maybe it should have been for music. Or style. Or sheer survival. But he got it for literature and that seems about right. Some say his lyrics are no(...)

A soldier’s life: a volley is fired over Edwward Keegan’s grave at his funeral, in 1938. Photograph: family collection

The past surfaces in different ways. In January this year, in New York, the auction house Spink advertised the sale of the “Liberty Collection”: medal(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys with the Edward Laurence Keegan medal, which she unveiled with ‘Irish Times’ managing director Liam Kavanagh and Keegan’s grandsons Ian Gourley (l) and Tony Keegan (r). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish Times has bought at auction the 1916 medal of a former employee, Edward Laurence Keegan, who was dismissed from his job in 1916 after parti(...)

Heroes and blood sacrifice: Roger Casement as envisioned in Alan Phelan’s Our Kind

Having never been a fan of parades or raking up the past, I was worried in the early weeks of 2016. I wondered if the anniversary programming of Irela(...)

Daredevil: Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Jon Bernthal as Marvel’s gun-toting antihero Punisher

‘The only good thing about the anniversary of 1916 is that it’s the same date that Game of Thrones comes back on the telly.” So says one particularly (...)

Emergence of new documents have  cast doubt over whether the  remains of Poet WB Yeats are buried in Co Sligo. Photograph: Getty

Students arriving for the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo this weekend will continue to visit the poet’s grave in Drumcliffe, according to (...)

WB Yeats in Walter de la Mare’s garden at Taplow on September  14th,  1935: ‘Sligo is, indeed, a great place for fairy pillaging’

Editors’ introduction A good deal of WB Yeats’s work was informed by his idea that the richness of the Irish folk imagination owed much to the endurin(...)

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