Gerard Smyth

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Brendan Kennelly pictured at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brendan Kennelly Date of birth: April 17th, 1936 Date of death: October 16th, 2021 “Though we live in a world that dreams of ending that always s(...)

 Austin Clarke: The 125th anniversary of the birth of the poet. Photograph: Jack McManus

‘And O she was the Sunday/in every week”. Who now remembers the poet who wrote those lines used in a long-running Bord na Móna TV ad campaign? The 125(...)

Joe Biden’s reference to James Joyce as an Irish poet, and not as novelist or short-story writer, may have taken some by surprise.    Photograph: Hulton Getty

We well know by now that America’s new president Joe Biden likes to quote Irish poets, particularly Seamus Heaney. His eve of inauguration reference t(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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