Seamus Heaney

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President Michael D Higgins’s campaign has asked opponent Seán Gallagher not to send letters regarding the election to Áras an Uachtaráin, “for obviou(...)

Dr Anne Looney of DCU’s institute of education, author Roddy Doyle and DCU president Brian MacCraith at the launch of the university’s partnership with Fighting Words. Photo: Rosa Devine

A new partnership between Fighting Words and Dublin City University’s institute of education aims to help ensure children’s creativity is not stifled (...)

Patrick Kavanagh: “Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.”
In a word: ‘Poem’

After his Fianna Fáil/Labour coalition government fell in November 1994, the then taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, commented: “It’s the little things that (...)

For blackberry jam, I always go with one part sugar to one part fruit, so a kilo of each. Photograph: iStock

While it may have been a bad year for summer vegetables such as asparagus and peas (due to incredibly hot weather), it’s a bumper year for autumn frui(...)

‘In this field of healing, flanked by row upon row of flagpoles set five feet apart, we can stretch out our arms and touch two lives at a time, lest we forget what happened on September 11th, 2001.’

I have yet to be disappointed by what happens when my online world collides with its “real” counterpart. Landing on the virtual doorsteps of people in(...)

The Guardian recommendations ‘ignore whole swathes of Irish writing’

A mini-skirmish broke out online over the weekend in response to a short, apparently inoffensive Guardian article online. A London reader, planning to(...)

 Author Hugh Oram outside the Old Punch Bowl pub in  Booterstown. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It could be any crossroads. There is nothing now to mark the place where Kevin O’Higgins, the then minister for justice and vice-president of the Iris(...)

Collections from Theo Dorgan, Seamus Heaney, Anne Haverty and James Harpur

Paris, Lisbon, Aarhus, Poland, India, Russia and, most of all, Armenia are among the places visited in Anne Haverty’s new book, A Break in the Journey(...)

Joan Gilletlie with Marie Heaney at the Gilletlie watchmaker and jewellery shop in Wicklow town which has just celebrated 200 years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Behind the counter of Ireland’s oldest jewellery shop, 16 antique pocket watches hang in a wooden cabinet. It’s a fitting display case for a 200-year(...)

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind on Sky Atlantic this Sunday. Photograph: Jay Paul/The New York Times

Big Star’s Little Star Saturday, ITV, 7pm If you’ve ever been embarrassed by your kids choosing a particularly inopportune moment to loudly blurt out (...)

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