Students sitting the first paper in Higher Level Irish for the Junior Cert on Thursday morning encountered a “very fair paper” that would have pleased(...)

Ian Paisley jnr: plenty of reading material in his Irish passport. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Watching BBC’s Newsnight programme on Thursday, I was intrigued to hear presenter Kirsty Wark use the word “thrawn” in a question to an interviewee. I(...)

Liam Ó Muirthile  in Dún Laoghaire in 2007: “Liam lived life; his legacy is the inspiration to live ours.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

PHILIP KING Speaking about his 770km walk across the Pyrenees from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, in the autumn of 2015, Liam Ó Mu(...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

When a taoiseach visits an island like Inis Meáin in a month like September, the sun should be shining and the limestone landscape extending back to t(...)

Liam Ó Muirthile, photographed in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The death has been announced of the poet and writer Liam Ó Muirthile. Mr Ó Muirthile was born in Cork City in 1950. His first collection of poetry, (...)

U2 performing at Croke Park in July. Brian Boyd’s report detailing the band was planning to breathe new life into their 1987 album The Joshua Tree was the fifth most read culture article on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

1. Bad sex in the movies: from Top Gun to Fifty Shades  This is the most read culture story on irishtimes.com for 2017, and by quite some distan(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

A homepage image from Ireland.ie

A new website showcasing Irish creativity was launched on Wednesday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington DC. www.Ireland. ie is an initiative of th(...)

Babette’s Feast: a film about the  generosity and redemptive power of a young  woman in a 19th century rural community who   serves a sumptuous feast to the quarrelsome, religiously narrow-minded villagers

When Pope Francis recently arranged for a number of Rome’s homeless people to be given the best seats at his weekly Mass it was no doubt to remind us (...)

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