Seamus Heaney

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Ireland’s gifted Paul McGrath – The Black Pearl of Inchicore – salutes fans at the World Cup homecoming in Dublin on  July 1st, 1990. File photograph: Inpho

Discussing soccer with historian Prof Ronan Fanning is not something I had ever contemplated. But there I found myself, outside the old UCD bar as we (...)

Matt Healy (centre): ‘Greta Thunberg is the most punk, the most badass person I’ve ever met in my life. She is truly powerful’

Matt Healy on the band’s new album, what will be ‘normal’ after Covid, and Greta Thunberg being a 'badass' There has always been a sense that Ma(...)

Graffiti art by Maser featuring the slogan ‘Maser loves you’ in 2008. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Throughout lockdown, large format artwork in the public realm has brightened up people’s days, from Emma Blake’s brilliant poppy work under her monike(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “We need to persevere and we need to maintain our discipline and resolve.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA

Only one Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday was supposed to be broadcast live on afternoon television. The proper one from Mullingar Cathedral. Although(...)

Ban all talk of ‘the situation’ at mealtimes, whether you have children or not. Try to find other, happier, or at least more interesting things to talk about. Photograph: iStock

Many, many phrases have come into my mind lately as I struggle with the isolation incurred by the threat of Covid-19 – namely that “the cure is worse (...)

Grafton street

Will it be July or September? Whenever it is, it will be to a much changed world. In China, normality is creeping back. Shops are reopening. Pe(...)

Ruth Kidney and Ben Slate with their children, Alison and Emma. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘My attitude is that the homework can feck off’ Jackie O’Neill, Shankill, Co Dublin My attitude is that the homework can feck off for at least the f(...)

Adult fiction sales surged by 66 per cent last week as readers, even those already equipped with ceiling-high To Be Read piles, replenished their stocks. Photograph: Joel Saget/ AFP/ Getty Images

As cinemas, music venues and theatres nationwide have closed their doors, more books than ever are being opened, even though libraries and bookshops t(...)

A view of a man wearing a mask on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The Emergency has returned. This time with a companion: The Shock. Another Seamus Heaney moment in Government Buildings, although this time withou(...)

 Dublin’s  O’Connell Street on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Tom Honan

Is it just me or is it very hot in here? Might just take a little lie down. Perhaps it was unwise to discontinue self-isolating after visiting the (...)

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