Patrick Kavanagh

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Painting Dublin: detail from Winetavern Street, 1934, by Harry Kernoff; The Fishmarket, Patrick Street, 1893 by Walter Frederick Osborne; The Leinster Market, c.1915, by  Estella Frances Solomons,

Before now, emphasis was placed on rural landscape and western seaboard in Irish art. KATHRYN MILIGAN'S book has taken a different approach Art (...)

Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Generations of Irish people have reason to be grateful to an Irish politician who was born 100 years ago on January 18th. His name was Donogh O’Malley(...)

Msgr Tom Stack with former president Mary McAleese, Dr Martin McAleese and Archbishop Diarmiud Martin, in 2008. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The death has taken place of Msgr Tom Stack, former parish priest at Milltown in Dublin, regular contributor to The Irish Times and frequent guest on (...)

We are into the twilight days of this most unhappy year. That is to be celebrated, with hope in our hearts.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, no matter how different. Because, just as we won’t ever forget 2020 no matter how we try, we won’t forget Christmas(...)

Advent helps us reflect on the deep longing that defines human existence. That longing, that restlessness, may always be with us.

Advent throws up many challenges for us this year, perhaps more than ever before. We are waiting for a vaccine, waiting to see when our economic and s(...)

Joe Biden pauses during a campaign speech. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty

Haunted by intimate and public grief, the US president-elect is the most Gothic figure in American politics Mourning becomes Joe Biden. “I have (...)

Castle Park scheme in Castleblayney from €229,000

When it comes to making the case for a move to Monaghan, it could be argued that two of its most famous sons have put the county on the back foot. Fro(...)

 “I doubt there have been any actual ploughs in Boris Johnson’s life.” Photograph: Jack Hill/AFP

In the Methuen Book of Poems for Every Day, the month of October opens with a verse about ploughing. Well, sort of: It’s Patrick Kavanagh’s October, a(...)

The Chieftains in 1971.

Claddagh Records has agreed to license a back catalogue that includes the Chieftains and Sean Ó Riada to music giant Universal. Founded by friends Ga(...)

John Gilbert and Virginia Brown Faire in the 1922 film version of The Count of Monte Cristo

One of the more astounding revelations of reading The Count of Monte Cristo – and I seem to be the first literary critic ever to have noticed this – i(...)

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