Princess Grace  and Prince Rainier of Monaco with  their  children Caroline and Albert in the  1960s. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

I don’t go to Monaco for the sports cars or casinos but to enjoy a delicate, pea-green first full edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, published by Sylvi(...)

Irish poet and soldier Francis Ledwidge (1891-1917). He  died on the battlefield of Messines in Belgium. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In his own words he “joined the British army because she stood between Ireland and an enemy common to our civilisation, and I would not say that she d(...)

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(...)

Pádraic Pearse: his poem The Rebel has all the power of the consummate leader who longed to see his country freed

Poetry had a long history of living underground in the Gaelic tradition, so it was little wonder that three young poets, Pádraic Pearse, Thomas MacDon(...)

Victor Plarr, Thomas Sturge Moore, William Butler Yeats, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington, and F. S. Flint at the ‘peacock dinner’. Photograph: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

On January 18th 1914, seven poets gathered to eat a peacock. The meal was organised as a tribute to the handsome old man with the impressive white bea(...)

Last Letter
  • Books
  • July 26, 2014, 01:23

A last letter I write on the backs of places you were homesick for: Crewbawn, Crocknaharna, Currabwee while you laid a road for an assault,(...)