Seamus Deane

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Anne Enright: the author has written seven novels, including The Gathering, which won the Booker Prize. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aosdána has elected five new members, the artists’ association has announced. They are the author Anne Enright, the visual artists Amanda Coogan, Rach(...)

Patrick Joyce (L) with his father and brother Sean

In Child Language Acquisition, Bernard O’Donoghue explains how categories native to academia come easily in the Irish countryside: “So there was noth(...)

Authors and critics choose the books that have moved and impressed them this year Colm Tóibín Hilary Fannin’s ‘The Weight of Love’ is a complex(...)

The funeral of writer and academic Seamus Deane in the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harolds Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Seamus Deane loved Derry, his daughter Émer recalled at his funeral service on Monday, remembering the excitement of childhood family trips there at H(...)

A mural in Derry’s Bogside depicting John Hume, Martin Luther King jnr, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Derry likes to come out for its own, and look out for its own. But because of Covid it can’t really come out for John Hume, and that’s proving hard fo(...)

The interior of Newman University Church in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When I tell them that I was invited to Dublin to direct the Notre Dame-Newman Centre for Faith and Reason, the reply I get a fair bit from people is: (...)

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Almost 90 leading artists, academics and former ambassadors have signed a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging the Government to formally recognise t(...)

Colum Eastwood with his daughter Rosa and wife Rachel after he won the SDLP leadership contest. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Colum Eastwood has a five-months-old baby called Rosa. His wife’s name is Rachael Parkes. Given that he now leads Northern Ireland’s SDLP, a party bor(...)

Jo Berry,  whose father Anthony Berry MP was killed by the Brighton bomb, with Patrick Magee, the man who planted the device at the launch of an exhibition on forgiveness in 2005. Photograph: PA

When I mentioned having studied ‘Troubles fiction’ while in prison, typically, the novels of Jack Higgins and Gerald Seymour, I often meet with pol(...)

Portrait of the artist: Brian Friel in one of Colin Davidson’s portraits of the late playwright

The boy, in this memory, is about nine years old, and his father is in his early 40s. It is summer in the beautiful Donegal village of Glenties, where(...)

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