Seamus Heaney

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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(...)

Kerry Neville and her Irish teacher, Dónal.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a Fulbright to Ireland must be in want of a romantic if academic adventure(...)

 O’Toole’s bar in  Loughinisland following the shooting dead of six Catholic men as  they watched Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Italy in 1994. Photograph: . PA Images via Getty Images

‘For the people of my province and the rest of Ireland Bear in mind these dead: I can find no plainer words. I dare not risk using that loaded word(...)

  Anthony Lynam (80) from Inchicore, Dublin, who completed his Leaving Cert English exams. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Anthony Lynam left school as a youngster in 1955 without ever sitting a major exam. Now, at 80 years of age, he has finally set that right – and beco(...)

Adult whooper swan showing characteristic yellow beak markings. Photograph courtesy of Simon Stirrup

Two contrasting moments at Lough Beg: from a hill in Co Derry, already half-removed for earthworks, giant diggers are heaping up the bed of a new moto(...)

Sylvia Plath’s appearance in Leaving Cert English paper two prompted relief in exam halls across the State.

Thousands of English students breathed a sigh of relief this afternoon when the poet Sylvia Plath appeared, as had been widely predicted, on the highe(...)

Ammonite: Francis Lee’s BBC Films-backed movie stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan

Once upon a time, movie moguls were cinema’s biggest mystery. Wreathed in cigar smoke and secrets, the puppet masters who ran the studios were even le(...)

‘I’m the guy who will lecture that – to paraphrase Monty Python – every vote is sacred.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

I’ve given very little thought to the local elections. I’ve a lot on, plus there’s all the attention I’ve given to the Brexit thing. (It’s merely a Th(...)

A selection of 50 rare and signed works by 1995 Nobel Literature laureate Seamus Heaney will be offered at the Victor Mee auction.

Victor Mee’s forthcoming Irish Connections two-day sale, on May 8th and 9th, at its Belturbet, Co Cavan salerooms will offer some unique pieces of Iri(...)

A section of the HMHS Britannic’s second-class library maple panelling, in a colonial Adams-style design.

Auction results Wednesday, May 1st, Niall Mullen and Victor Mee, Heritage Hotel Portlaoise. Panelling from the second class area of the HMSH Britanni(...)

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