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Author Marian Keyes is pictured as the National Library of Ireland announces  details of a pilot scheme to expand the ways it collects the ‘born-digital’ story of Ireland. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times.

Throughout history the motivations of significant people have been excavated by the papers they have left behind them. Letters, diaries, handwritten n(...)

Simon O’Connor, director of the new Museum of Literature Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

If walls could talk, they’d whisper stories, putting tales and characters into your head: which is, of course, exactly what a good book does. Books in(...)

National Library director Sandra Collins with actor Rory Dignam playing the role of Sebastian Dangerfield, the protagonist of Donleavy’s novel The Ginger Man. Photograph: Dave Meehan

There are many stories surrounding the writing and publication of The Ginger Man, JP Donleavy’s great novel about student life in postwar Dublin in th(...)

National Library of Ireland director Sandra Collins displays the library’s new safe storage for the national published collections. Photograph: Alan Betson

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has unveiled a new book repository with state of the art safety features following devastating fires at cultural(...)

Neil Jordan and Director of the NLI, Dr Sandra Collins, with material from the donation at The National Library of Ireland (NLI). Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

As an aspiring writer before he became a film director, Neil Jordan haunted the National Library of Ireland’s reading room in Kildare Street, Dublin. (...)

Sandra Higgins (37)  arrives on Thursday  at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where the DPP entered a nolle prosequi against her. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

The decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to have a fifth trial of child minder Sandra Higgins bring to an end a six-year criminal just(...)

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again: President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the launch of the new exhibition. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, the exhibition based on the Nobel laureate poet’s archive, was today formally opened the new Bank of Ireland Cultural(...)

Our dad the poet: Seamus, Catherine, Mick, Marie and Chris Heaney in the 1970s. Photograph © Bobbie Hanvey; courtesy National Library of Ireland

Five years after the jolt of Seamus Heaney’s unexpected death we are back at a moment. Back with Heaney, whose poems resonate with the rhythm of the l(...)

April 23rd: The History Hedge School. The cause of Labour? - the 1918 general strike against conscription Padraig Yeates, Sarah Ann Buckley, Todd Morr(...)

Maynooth University has become the first Irish University to install high tech Energy Pods which will allow students to take 20 minute naps to help keep their energy levels up during a busy day at college. Photograph: The Irish Times

Forget the Red Bull, coffee, even the euphemistically described “stronger substances”. If you are a student at Maynooth University they have new ways (...)

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