Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey.

Virtually everything I’ve come across about Galway’s stint as European Capital of Culture next year, has been negative. However, one shining beacon on(...)

Debut author Yasmin Rahman devoured books about mental health issues as a teenager suffering from depression and engaging in self-harm

Hope is the thing with content warnings on, as Emily Dickinson didn’t say. These notes to readers at the beginning of a book, advising them that there(...)

Brian on the left and Tony (who died) on the right.

I had two brothers. They came as a pair. Just under two years separated them, but I can hardly recall a time when they weren’t together. They seemed t(...)

Murmuration: starlings at dusk.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The light at this time of year has a particularly ethereal quality. Dim and hazy, struggling to reach us, it sometimes seems to illuminate only shadow(...)

Poet Mary Oliver, with her dog Ricky, at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida in 2013. Photograph: Angel Valentine/The New York Times

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose work, with its plain language and minute attention to the natural world, drew a wide following while (...)

President Michael D Higgins’s campaign has asked opponent Seán Gallagher not to send letters regarding the election to Áras an Uachtaráin, “for obviou(...)

Isabella Valancy Crawford was born in Dublin in 1850.

Isabella Vlancy Crawford was born in Dublin in 1850. Despite obscurity in her own lifetime, she is now recognised as a pioneer of Canadian poetry. We(...)

Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality. Even in a youth squeamish abo(...)

 Zainab Boladale: “In general, media doesn’t have diverse representation, so I think it’s super important.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“I don’t see myself as a Nigerian woman who landed a TV role in RTÉ, I see myself as a woman who went for a position she really wanted and was thankfu(...)

Poet Lewis Kenny writing poems on demand  for passers-by Sandra Vigier and Julie Tomaszewski. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Today marks Poetry Day Ireland, with more than 100 events around the country to celebrate our heritage in verse. One of the busiest spots will be Po(...)

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