Eileen Battersby with her horse Sophie in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eileen Battersby, the late Irish Times literary correspondent, who died on Sunday, December 23rd, after a car crash in Co Meath, was renowned for both(...)

Eileen Battersby near her home, in Co Meath, in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former Irish Times Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby died on December 23rd, following a car crash in Co Meath the previous day. Her daughter Nad(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast: ‘We were keen to imbue the new building with the spirit of the old,’ says Mark Carruthers

Belfast’s Lyric Theatre is 50 years old. What began as a personal crusade and grew into an important cultural movement is now one of Ireland’s leading(...)

Jimmy Hasty receiving  Dundalk FC’s footballer of the year award for 1965

Dock Street, Belfast: a grey, midweek October lunchtime. As the American Bar opens its doors optimistically, a juggernaut zooms by bound for one of th(...)

The lark ascending: the skylark has hoisted countless poets into verse. Illustration: Michael Viney

My first encounter with a singing skylark, a few decades ago, put me flat on my back on the moss of the dunes – a proper posture for awe. The bird ha(...)

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(...)

 Mourners take cover as a grenade explodes during Michael Stone’s attack in Milltown cemetery, Belfast, on March 16th, 1988. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Above all I remember the sense that anything might happen. We had suddenly, shockingly come to a place where norms – for even sectarian warfare in the(...)

Connemara corncrake: Inishbofin, out on my horizon, is now one of the bird’s few strongholds and probably where Richard Murphy first heard its “staunchly nailed iambics”. Illustration: Michael Viney

Quicken your tune, O improvise, before The combine and the digger come, Little bridegroom. – Richard Murphy I was reading one of the many online(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

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