Seamus Heaney

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When I was young, people didn’t really talk about sexual matters with their parents. The exactly three times my parents had sex in order to conceive m(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg: likes to say such things as “So, it comes down to the economics”. Photograph: Josh Edelson/Getty Images

The habit certain people have of starting every sentence with the word “so” is now at least as old the century, I’m told. We should be well used to it(...)

Pauline Turley, originally from Co Down, started interning at the Irish Arts Center in 1997.

This is the longest that Pauline Turley has been away from her New York workplace in a quarter of a century. The pandemic has theatre seats in the Iri(...)

The Irish Government’s involvement with the Northern Ireland centenary will be the funding of a major conference in Queen’s University Belfast.

It was a year in which one political entity was created, Northern Ireland, and another, the Irish Free State, was negotiated into being. It was also (...)

 Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones)     got us through Lockdown 1. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures

We won’t have any trouble remembering this year; in fact we’ll probably be reminiscing and boring much younger people about it for the rest of our liv(...)

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh receiving Parnell’s walking stick from Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill in 2017. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one generation of Irish writers to the next. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A walking stick cut by Charles Stewart Parnell some 130 years ago is now used as a literary baton. For decades, it has been proudly passed from one ge(...)

“What are we trying to do when we keep literary records? Is archive- keeping an educational, philanthropic gesture by an artist?” Photograph:    Frank Miller

My friend the writer Philip Casey once organised his archive for deposit at the National Library of Ireland. For years, he’d kept everything, a chrono(...)

Poet and Nobel laureate  Seamus Heaney’s portrait by Tai Shan Schierenberg that is being used by the Northern Ireland Office to commemorate Northern Ireland’s centenary.

It is tempting to wonder what Seamus Heaney would have made of the controversy over the use of his portrait to promote the centenary of Northern Irela(...)

“I’ve been avoiding calling you!” the old man goes. “Feared that you and I would get sucked into another one of our famous political contretemps vis-a(...)

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