Seamus Heaney

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Celtic fans stand for a minute’s silence in memory of Liam Miller at Parkhead. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

On January 25th 1976, when Paul Ferris was a 10-year-old boy in Lisburn, there was an explosion at the Hibernian Club in the town. The UDA planted the(...)

Writers’ block?: feel the fear but do it anyway

The blank page, and the feeling that such an expanse of potent emptiness can exhibit, are familiar to almost everyone. Writers, of course, poeticise i(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

Sean Rogers with his father John: ‘I still find myself reaching for the phone.’

The internet came too late for my parents; Alzheimer’s had already taken its toll on my dad. That first and only Skype call was really nothing more th(...)

2003: I sing of a maiden. Photograph: Seamus Heaney Estate

Every December, the poet Seamus Heaney used to sit down not merely to write but to design his own Christmas cards. For more than 30 years, he produce(...)

Lord Mountbatten’s former home on Mullaghmore Head, Co Sligo: A couple of years ago, Prince Charles was welcomed. Now on the sign to mark his visit, his face has been gouged out.  Photograph: Frank Miller

So a clever Channel Four report has shown that the Brit on the street can’t draw the Irish Border, some of them imagining it as a loose girdle draped (...)

Denis O’Brien, head concierge at The Shelbourne hotel, and keeper of  the Horseshoe bar’s secrets

“Well see, a good concierge would never tell you that, even if there were.” November is Food Month in The Irish Times. You will find food-r(...)

Pianist John O’Conor at his home in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

On Sunday night, pianist Dr John O’Conor will receive the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The event will be a gala concert in honour of his uniqu(...)

"Around the two-year mark, I was advised by those with experience, is a good time to seek some counselling for grief" Photograph: Getty

I went to a bereavement support group this week. In retrospect I’m not entirely sure why, given that the sharing of emotions in groups isn’t really fo(...)

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