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 (...)

Dingle-based traditional singer  Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh: “Around here, everyone is just a bit strange and that’s great.”

“I call this place ‘An Res’, as in the reservation,” says Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, a traditional singer and flautist based in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaelt(...)

Major voice in Irish poetry: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Photograph courtesy of RTÉ

Since the publication of her early collections An Dealg Droighin (1981), Féar Suaithinseach (1984) and Feis (1991), Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has been recog(...)

The O’Rahilly

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem is We Carried it to Here as Best W(...)

Kathleen Lynn

This poem was commissioned by the Irish Writers Centre as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations. Tomorrow’s poem, Íota an Bháis, is by Nuala N(...)

There’s the guts of 80 years between the youngest and the oldest eater in this long stone building. The logs in the fire are slow burners, more (...)

Dr. Huiyi Bao, Lecturer, Department of English, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. PhD., School of English, Drama & Film, University College

Fudan University in Shanghai is one of the busiest student campuses on the planet. It has some 45,000 students who study everything from business and(...)

‘Star Wars’ crew collect provisions at Portmagee, Co Kerry, on Tuesday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

As shooting for the eighth episode of the ‘Star Wars’ film saga begins on Skellig Michael, 12 writers and a photographer associated with the Kerry isl(...)

Using a pen-name and reluctant to be interviewed, Biddy Jenkinson’s secrecy once prompted speculation that a committee wrote her poems. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Who IS Biddy Jenkinson? For over 30 years now, scholars have been left stumped and scratching their heads as this very private poet has risen to the t(...)

Harry Clifton, Paula Meehan and Michael Longley: to spend even a short time with these three very different poets is to experience a tiny fraction of their love of words and their finely-tuned sense of mischief. Photograph: Dylan Madden

The Ireland Chair of Poetry is a solemn, formal, academic institution. The poets who hold it, however, tend to be anything but. Gather the three mo(...)

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