John Mcauliffe

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Collections from Theo Dorgan, Seamus Heaney, Anne Haverty and James Harpur

Paris, Lisbon, Aarhus, Poland, India, Russia and, most of all, Armenia are among the places visited in Anne Haverty’s new book, A Break in the Journey(...)

Sheila Pratschke has now dealt with three ministers and has shown herself unafraid to wade into the fray when necessary. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

So is this a valedictory conversation we’re having, I ask Arts Council chair Sheila Pratschke as we sit down with coffee and biscuits in the council’s(...)

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(...)

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The Arts Council has not been happy with the Government. In October, on the day of Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech, the council’s chairwoman, Sheila P(...)

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Here are the shortlisted entries for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year The(...)

An injured woman is helped away from the scene in Manchester following an IRA bomb blast in June 1996. File photograph: Malcolm Croft/PA

At 10pm on Monday I walked out of the shadowy corridors of Manchester Town Hall, which had just been hosting a civic reception for Maria Balshaw, the (...)

It’s 20 years since the first Season of Sundays (Sportsfile, €29.95) came out. The 2016 version is as rich and textured as the 19 that went before. This image shows kids in Galway fine-tuning their skills before a NHL encounter with Cork.

Six of the best Forever Young Oliver Kay (Quercus, €28.00) Adrian Doherty came from Strabane and for time in the early 1990s, it looked like he(...)

Connie Roberts’s poems  speak about things we would rather not address, in particular her experience of violence at the hands of her father

Connie Roberts won the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Award in 2013 and received an Arts Council bursary for the work which is gathered in L(...)

 Paul Muldoon at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2012. Photograph: Tony Pleavin

For 40 years Paul Muldoon’s rococo artfulness has been a standing rebuke to poetry’s more mundane and literal tendencies. Obsessively formalist, Muldo(...)

Track records: Derek Walcott with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire in 1989, three years before Walcott received the Nobel Prize. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

In 1988 in Dún Laoghaire, Derek Walcott took part in a round-table discussion with Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney and Les Murray. By then identified wi(...)

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