Michael D Higgins on Brendan Kennelly: ‘He had crafted an extraordinary place in the affections of the Irish people.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the poets Brendan Kennelly and Máire Mhac an tSaoi who died over the weekend. Mr Higgins described th(...)

Domhnall Gleeson in Medicine written and directed by Enda Walsh. Photograph: Alex Sapienza

Something strange has been happening. Stranger than a global pandemic? It is linked. As people muse on how long it will take for artists to make work (...)

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh receiving Parnell’s walking stick from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in 2017. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one generation of Irish writers to the next. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A walking stick cut by Charles Stewart Parnell some 130 years ago is now used as a literary baton. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one ge(...)

 Founders of the Gaelic League, Connradh na Gaedhilge, Eoin MacNeill (1867 - 1945) and Doctor Douglas Hyde (1860 - 1949). MacNeill supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty and was a delegate for his government to the Irish Boundary Commission. Photograph: Walshe/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

The role of the Irish language in the ongoing Stormont impasse has led to much talk of the language being politicised, weaponised and otherwise instru(...)

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, (...)

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