Maya Angelou

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Macnas ghouls stalk the streets in Galway city centre during the Halloween parade ‘Symphony for the Restless’ this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Corpulent Crom, Galway’s new giant, released his rage on the city’s streets today as Macnas marked the festival of Samhain.Small firstlings shivered(...)

Macnas performers Helen Gregg, Yvette Picque and Debbie Wright in Galway’s Quay Street in preparation for the Halloween parade Symphony for the Restless. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Wild and wicked “welding, hammering, gluing, shaping and dreaming” is gathering pace in the west, as Macnas prepares to terrify the townspeople of Gal(...)

Laura Kennedy: ‘I looked distinctly less intellectual. I was shocked by the fact that people treated me differently. Seeing a photo on Facebook, an ex emailed.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The late Maya Angelou declared that a woman’s hair is her glory. If she was right, then I’ve been wearing another woman’s glory all over Dublin. Wh(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty

Although he has lived in London for 20 years, and hasn’t set foot in his homeland for almost as long – “for all sorts of complicated reasons,” he says(...)

Maya Angelou: when asked exactly how many times she had been married she declined to be specific, ’for fear of sounding frivolous’. photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP

The writer Maya Angelou, who has died aged 86, won acclaim for her first autobiographical memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), a scathing i(...)

‘History, despite its wrenching pain/ Cannot be unlived, but if faced/ With courage, need not be lived again.” Those words of Maya Angelou, from the m(...)

Maya Angelou receives a Medal of Freedom from US president Barack Obama at the White House in Washington in this February 15, 2011 file photo. Reuters

Maya Angelou, the US author and poet whose landmark book of 1969, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her ch(...)

I ’m reading an article about how what you wear to drop the children off to school reveals “where you’re at” in life. Big sunglasses and big hair say (...)

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