Many of Ciaran Carson’s poems captured the local lived experience of the Troubles with a sharp caustic lyrical force. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Born: October 9th, 1948   Died: October 6th, 2019 Ciaran Carson, one of the most talented Northern Irish poets of his generation and a gifted tr(...)

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(...)

Frankie Quinn in Lisnuhull Park in Dungannon, the estate he grew up in. Photograph:James Forde

Frankie Quinn knew it was time for the IRA to call a ceasefire. “We were saying the armed struggle’s failed, it can’t win,” Quinn explains. “The jail(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

Poet Caitríona O’Reilly has won this year’s ’Irish Times’ Poetry Now award.

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is Caitríona O’Reilly for Geis, published by Bloodaxe Books. The award will be presented to t(...)

From left, Caitríona O’Reilly, Medbh McGuckian, John F Deane, Doireann Ní Ghríofa and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

The shortlist for this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced. The competition recognises the best collection by an Irish poet in the(...)

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(...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Sinéad Morrissey: “We cared about poverty, we cared about gay people, we were feminists”

Sinéad Morrissey has a piece of news that, the day we meet, is still subject to a media embargo and so is laced with the relish of a secret. She has b(...)