Paul Muldoon

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Toni Morrison:  RTÉ’s Radio 1’s culture programme Arena discussed her life and work, with contributions from Anne Enright and Paul Muldoon. Photograph: Lee Romero/The New York Times

Who needs live radio these days? As a listener, I’ve increasingly drifted away. Podcasts offer more nuanced discussions. Streaming services have bette(...)

Ian Duhig with brothers Kevin (left) and Adrian and sister Geraldine in about 1962

Ian Duhig’s parents emigrated to England in the 1950s in search of a better life. In this essay, he looks at growing up IN London under the influen(...)

Gate’s new season: Colm Tóibín is photographed by Conor Horgan on the Dublin theatre’s stage. Photograph: Ailbhe O’Donnell

Samuel Beckett and A Christmas Carol – both with strong associations with the Gate Theatre over past decades – will return this year, but in new guise(...)

Paul Muldoon: ’Not many popular songwriters show as much care as Glen [Hansard]’.

Current favourite book Ciaran Carson’s From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations. I’ve known him for 50 years exactly. We met in 1969 as st(...)

Joe Duffy: ‘I wasn’t talking about burqas.’

Joe Duffy has fielded a few bizarre calls in his time, but even by his own lofty standards, his phone conversation at the start of Wednesday’s edition(...)

Meg Hennessy and James Russell in The Shadow of a Gunman. ‘It was through O’Casey that the American public got to know some of the great actors like Barry Fitzgerald, FJ McCormack, Eileen Crowe – actors that were picked up by John Ford.’

As you turn into a quiet street in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, the façade of the Irish Repertory Theatre edges into view. The former warehouse (...)

Jim Lockhart. Photograph: Dave Keegan Photography

Current favourite book Stephen Hawking’s final book, Brief Answers to the Big Questions. He’s great to read; his stuff is so challenging, you have to(...)

  Martin Hayes, Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan  and actress Denise Gough, opening the inaugural Culture Ireland Global Ireland 2025 Conference Photograph: Julien Behal

At the Global Ireland culture conference in Dublin Castle on Thursday, which looked at how to increase Ireland’s global footprint through culture, one(...)

 Actor Ruth Negga after she was named one of Ireland’s cultural ambassadors. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

The Government must “nourish and care” for Irish artists if it wants to promote Ireland as a cultural and artistic leader on the world stage, actor Ru(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

Dreaming in Blue Until February 14th Harry Clarke’s dreamy The Eve of Saint Agnes is at the Hugh Lane in Dublin, but you can see his wonderful waterco(...)

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