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Behind his carefully-cultivated image as a fuddy-duddy dweeb, Ryan Tubridy (above) is clearly imbued with sturdy self-belief. Photograph: RTÉ

Halloween may be just around the corner, with the reopening of nightlife scaring public-health officials, but Ryan Tubridy (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) is (...)

Ciaran Carson

Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)

'Where Ray D’Arcy once would mix folksy manner with prickly editorialising when holding court on his Today FM morning show, he has long sounded more constrained on  RTÉ Radio 1.' Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

Ray D’Arcy sounds cheesed off. On Tuesday, the day after the Government announces a referendum on the Eighth Amendment banning abortion – an issue D’A(...)

JoAnn Falletta:  whatever about San Francisco, she is surely a leading authority on the distance between Buffalo and Belfast, because for several years earlier this decade she was simultaneously the leader of the Ulster Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

‘It’s a long way to Buffalo,” sang Van Morrison on his great 1971 song St Dominic’s Preview. But as he added: “It’s a long way to Belfast City too”. A(...)

Poet Gerard Fanning. Photograph:  Moya Nolan. Courtesy of Dedalus Press

The poet Gerard Fanning has died in Dublin, after an illness. Fanning, a poet, retired civil servant and film buff, was born in Dublin in 1952 and gre(...)

Poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge was killed by a German shell on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, July 31st, 1917. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge will be honoured 100 years after his death in his home village of Slane, Co Meath, with a statue. Ledwidge bec(...)

The Meath solider poet Francis Ledwidge, who died at the third Battle of Ypres on July 31st 1917, is best known for a single poem, his Lament for Thom(...)

An Post has issued a new stamp to commemorate the centenary of the death of Francis Ledwidge.

An Post has issued a stamp commemorating the centenary of the death of soldier and poet Francis Ledwidge recalling his status as the “blackbird of Sla(...)

Aine Miller reads at the  Francis Ledwidge commemorative festival at Islandbridge in 1997. Ledwidge, a nationalist poet, was in Dublin during the very week of the Easter Rising, having recovered in England from serious injuries incurred while fighting in the British army in the first World War

The history of recent conflict in Ireland is usually traced to the early years of the twentieth century, and the key figure who determined the way (...)

Gerald Dawe: ‘The recalling of life in the west of Ireland in the 70s sounds again like a “sheltering place” from the travails and troubles of the Belfast I had in part left behind.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

In the autumn of 1974 as a 22-year-old, I took the Ulsterbus to Monaghan town, and from there boarded the CIE coach that wound its way through seve(...)

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