Derek Mahon

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The festival is presenting its first full-scale staged opera, The Return of Ulysses, Claudio Monteverdi’s retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, which has never before been staged in Ireland.

With Galway International Arts Festival safely (and, by most accounts, successfully) packed away for another year, the stage is set for the summer’s l(...)

A performance in  the Secret Garden at Butler House in Kilkenny last year. The Secret Garden series will take place twice daily at August’s festival. Photograph: Pat Moore

An open-air production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Kilkenny Castle, along with world premieres of new dance and circus performances,(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

Belfast architect Dawson Stelfox (left), who reached the 8,848m summit of Mount Everest on May 27th, 1993, is pictured with his deputy leader on the climb ,Frank Nugent (right). File photograph: Brian Hayes

The 25th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Irish climbers is due to be marked with events in the Dublin and Mourne mounta(...)

As part of Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018 Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses: the first staging in Ireland of a baroque masterpiece. Photograph: Marshall Light Studio

Midsummer is scheduled for late summer in Kilkenny this year. This is not a strange seasonal blip: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the city’s Castle Yard(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Poet Leontia Flynn,  winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award  for her collection ‘The Radio’.

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Leontia Flynn for her collection The Radio. The €2,000 award will be presented on Saturday(...)

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(...)

Paddy Bushe: he writes in both English and Irish and  has published 10 collections. Photograph: Pat Boran

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award is Dublin-born Paddy Bushe for his collection On A Turning Wing, published by Dedalus Press. Th(...)

Scotsman David Milne: The Aberdeenshire homeowner has been standing up to the Trump organisation for some years now. Photograph: Michal Wachucik/AFP/Getty Images

‘It can’t happen here.” When Ryan Tubridy utters these words on his show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) three days after Donald Trump’s inauguration, he is (...)

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