Country girls: Edna O’Brien’s invocation of women characters who dared desire more from life than the traditional domestic and sexual servitude was revolutionary. Photograph: Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Getty

I wakened quickly and sat up in bed abruptly. It is only when I am anxious that I waken easily and for a minute I did not know why my heart was beatin(...)

Ratings by companies such as Moody’s are used by investors as a guide to a country’s economic health and stability. File photograph: Getty Images

Ratings agency Moody’s has upgraded Ireland’s rating in a move it is attributing to strong economic growth, an almost-balanced budget and declining pu(...)

Aiden Harris Igiehon. The Irish teenager was born and raised in Clondalkin, Dublin, and has a basketball scholarship at the Lawrence Woodmere Academy in New York. Photograph: Tom Honan

If we were looking for a single number that would indicate what is genuinely distinctive about Ireland now, the number would have to be 17. (...)

Elizabeth Bowen and Louis MacNeice: radio was an important influence, offering a powerful mass medium for the spoken word

In Seamus Heaney’s 1995 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he credited an unusual source for his early immersion in poetry. Heaney began his speech with a(...)

The interest rate on the NTMA’s new 23-year, inflation-linked bond has been set at 0.25 percentage points over the rate of inflation

The State’s debt agency has opened a fresh avenue to raise money as it prepares to refinance more than €29 billion of government bonds over the next t(...)

William Trevor: “What is important is to take Irish provincialism . . . and to make it universal.” Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

William Trevor, one of the most prolific, successful, well-respected and well-loved of modern Irish writers, has died at the age of 88. He was perha(...)

Madge Herron on the streets of Kentish Town. “Isn’t she wonderful,” a psychiatrist once said of the poet. “It would be a shame to cure her.”

Here is a memory of Donegal poet Madge Herron. We are walking to the tube station in Camden Town, her recalling how shortly after the second World (...)

Gardaí and the Ballybunion Sea Cliff and Rescue Service as well as the Mallow Water Rescue Unit co-ordinated the search along with assistance from Valentia Coastguard. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A body has been recovered from a river system in north Kerry amid a search for a farmer who has not been heard from since Monday afternoon. His empty(...)

“Modern” is a funny word in Ireland. In other countries, modern implies a straight line of development, from rural to urban, from agricultural to ind(...)

Sigmund Freud had a name for the psychological mechanism that brings together visceral hatred and deep similarity. He called it “the narcissism of minor difference”. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Frank O’Connor, who died 50 years ago this month, fought on the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War and his first stories were about that experience. On(...)