Patrick Kavanagh

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 Lou Reed in New York in 2011: I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics shows him to be a true rock ’n’ roll poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Faber & Faber’s forthcoming reissue of Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics revives a question that’s been kicking around since B(...)

Ulick O’Connor: a top-class pole vaulter. Photograph: David Sleator

Not the least impressive of the late Ulick O’Connor’s many talents, although barely mentioned in obituaries, is that he was for many years a top-class(...)

Ciaran Carson

Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)

 Anne Enright: “All we need to do is cover the art with a gentle soft rain.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland can harness the “soft power” generated by its writers on the world stage while broadening the horizons of children by investing “tiny seed mon(...)

Fontaines DC: the Irish band are shortlisted for the Mercury. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos/New York Times

Industry experts have hailed the return of political music in the run-up to this year’s Mercury prize, with the artists on the shortlist, including Ir(...)

Iconic: the revolving door of the Shelbourne hotel, on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Flemming

Who knew that fancy hotels could be among the riskiest places in Dublin? Compensation culture has claimed its latest victim, and the city’s purists ar(...)

Herman Melville: bicentenary of birth

The bicentenary of Herman Melville’s birth on August 1st reminds me, among other things, of why I stopped reading library books. This is because abou(...)

Matt McNulty with a photo of James Joyce, part of the Dublin Writers Museum collection. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the early 1980s an American tourist unable to find anything in Dublin celebrating Ireland’s fabled writers set out his disappointment in a letter t(...)

Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

Cattle on the outskirts of Kilkenny. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Last Saturday, just as word was coming through of a deal to allow large amounts of South American beef into the EU, RTÉ was showing its Reeling in the(...)

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