Gerard Smyth

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Mourners at the funeral of Eileen Battersby in Drogheda at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth.  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Literary critic, author and journalist Eileen Battersby was a “brilliant”, “beguiling”, “beautiful”, “courageous”, “dynamic” romantic who lived by her(...)

 Barber Arthur McGuinness, of McGuinness’s Barber Shop in Glasnevin (estd 1910) works on Frank Briscoe of Finglas as an impatient Santa Claus looks on. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times
A poem for Christmas

The city clocks declare it’s time to close all shops, swap the treadmill for The Wizard of Oz, drop the heavy load and follow the Wise Men wh(...)

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

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(...)

Detail still from Promisings 2013 by Elaine Reynolds at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

Cliona Harmey, Seán Molloy, David Quinn Solstice Arts Centre, Railway Street, Navan, Co Meath. Until October 13th. solsticeartscentre.ie I like th(...)

Seán McSweeney and Gerard Smyth. “We found that the places we remembered overlapped in various ways,” says Smyth.  Photograph: Barry Cronin

Though both were born and brought up elsewhere, painter Seán McSweeney and poet Gerard Smyth have strong associations with a region of Co Meath, and b(...)

From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced. The competition recognises the best collection by an Irish poet in the(...)

Róise Goan, producer, arts consultant and former Dublin Fringe Festival director

A discussion between the judges for this year’s Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards can become animated quickly. It starts with emphatic statements: tha(...)

This year’s Irish Times supplement of new writing by children and young adults is the fifth edition of this award-winning publication. Once again, (...)

John Berryman with Jack Ryan, owner of the Beggars Bush public house, c.1966/1967
100 years of John Berryman
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  • October 11, 2014, 01:00

Born in Oklahoma in 1914, John Berryman was one of the most original American poets of his generation. In the decade before he took his own life, in 1(...)

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