Dermot Bolger

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Irish Guards arrive at the Tyne Cot Cemetery as part of the Centenary of Passchendaele. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The dead of the Battle of Passchendaele were remembered on Monday in the place that exemplifies its horrors more than anywhere else. Tyne Cot Cemeter(...)

Willie White, artist director of the Dublin Theatre Festival blowing the 60th anniversary candles with Lynn Parker  (Rough Magic, Melt ), Ollie West (from  Hamnet), Grace Cathal (from Girl Song) and Sean McGinley (from King of the Castle, Druid). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Launching the 60th anniversary programme of the Dublin Theatre Festival, its director Willie White surveyed the 31 productions and pointed out “there (...)

Marcus Connaughton will drop his anchor and come ashore for the final time on Friday. Photograph: Seascapes/Twitter

When he drops anchor and comes ashore for the final time on Friday night after presenting his last edition of Seascapes, Marcus Connaughton will have (...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times
In praise of Jennifer Johnston
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  • June 14, 2017, 11:00

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

War poet: Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell, along with five other men from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

A national day of commemoration will be held to mark the centenary of the death of the poet Francis Ledwidge, who was killed in the first World War. (...)

The funeral of Anthony Cronin at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The status of Anthony Cronin as not just an artist, but a champion of the arts was reflected in the turnout at his funeral service in Dublin. Presid(...)

A frame from ‘The Battle of the Somme’ showing a soldier carrying a wounded comrade.

The Battle of the Somme was an almost unmitigated disaster from a British military point of view, but if it achieved nothing else, it made a piece of (...)

The Central Library at Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, where staff are objecting to a decision by management to open on Sundays without any library staff present. Photograph: Eric Luke.

When he was junior minister in the department of local government in 1947, Fianna Fáil’s Erskine Childers was centrally involved in the introduction (...)

Anthony Cronin: found poetry “not only pleasurable but in a funny sort of way a consolation and an illumination to read”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Anthony Cronin is ensconced next to a bookshelf in his living room with a reading light shining over his shoulder. This venerable man of Irish letter(...)

Lost at sea: the crew of the Arklow schooner Cymric at Ringsend dockyard in September 1943, including (third left) Michael Tierney, who encouraged Dermot Bolger’s father to become a sailor

There is so much I should have asked my father Roger about his wartime experience undertaking dangerous voyages to Lisbon on tiny Irish ships. But I k(...)

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