Michael Coady

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 Loreto On The Green, Dublin,  students Ruth Redmond, Ashbourne; Amber McCann, Rush; Jane Loughrey, Ranelagh; Eavan O’Toole, Rathgar and  Sophie Dolan, Rathgar, following their Leaving Cert English exam. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tens of thousands of students breathed a sigh of relief when widely-predicted poets John Montague and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin appeared on English paper(...)

Sebastian Barry and Paul Lynch will take part at the Cúirt festival in Galway. Photograph: The Irish Times

A slew of award-winning writers and poets will take part in Galway’s Cúirt International Literature Festival which begins on Monday and runs until Su(...)

As you leave Carrick-on-Suir behind, look out for some of the last remaining traditional fishing cots moored along the river, shallow, wooden fishing punts of a type that date back to the time the bridge was built.

Walk: The River Suir from Carrick-on-Suir to Kilsheelan Distance: 11km Suitability: Suitable for all Terrain: Mainly grassy river bank How to Get(...)

The Famine Warhouse 1848,  a commemorative visitor centre run by the OPW, outside Ballingarry in Co Tipperary.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has said the best way to remember those who died in Ireland’s Great Famine of the 1840s is to help their “modern-day equivalents” by wel(...)

Photographer Walter Pfeiffer once met a man from Roundstone who told him “Connemara is grey”. “Grey it certainly is on countless days in winter and o(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan said it was “a great pity that in Irish Catholicism the only sin was sex” as “there are few greater positives than a good confessor”. Photograph: Getty Images

Regular confessions by Irish Catholics came to an end sometime in the 1970s and accompanied the death of the sense of sex as sin, a Limerick-based Aug(...)

A stained glass window from St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monkstown Co Dublin.

St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monkstown Co Dublin is marking its 150th anniversary this weekend, recalling its historical links with Catholic Emanci(...)

Patrick de Witt is one of the guest speakers at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke

Galway gears up for Cúirt 2016 Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda (...)

Illustration: Thinkstock

Ireland will get its first Laureate for Fiction in January 2015, chosen from a longlist of 34 writers announced recently. The €150,000 laureateship(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

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