Visitors to the graveside of Poet Patrick Kavanagh in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan as part of a tribute to mark the 50th anniversary of the poet’s death in 2017, organised by Monaghan County Council and the Patrick Resource Centre. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The young American poet Claire McAllister, mentioned in today’s letters by Peadar MacMághnais, was also known to her friends as “Marmalade”. This was (...)

Mary Black, contestant and presenter

At one point in the brisk first episode of Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song (RTÉ One, Sunday, 7.30pm), George Furey considers The Green Fields of France,(...)

 Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The recent national outbreak of people saying “bollocks”, in the Leinster House canteen and elsewhere, has prompted some readers to recall another fam(...)

Gerard Hanberry with Joyce Redmond, for whom Steve Earle wrote ‘Galway Girl’, a the launch of Hanberry’s book ‘On Raglan road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them’. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If life’s best secrets are the “open” ones, no more so than those with love at their heart. So it was with Gerry Hanberry’s research into the muses wh(...)