Seamus Heaney

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Patrick Kavanagh.  The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland. Patrick Kavanagh.  Poet. The Wiltshire Collection, National Library of Ireland.

Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1967, a young Danish student made the mistake of approaching Patrick Kavanagh in Dublin’s The Bailey pub, to ask abo(...)

Oysters were  the first ‘fast food’ of the industrial revolution. Photograph: BIM

Seamus Heaney paid homage to them, Roman emperors gorged on them and few myths have survived better than the purported link between aphrodisiacs and E(...)

Prof Foster said the teaching of Irish history is in an “excellent place” as evidenced by the commemorations of 2016. Photograph: Ianthe Ruthven

For close on half a century Prof Roy Foster has been one of the most significant figures in Irish academia. He is the author of the two volume serie(...)

According to folk tradition, today is the last  day that blackberries can be safely eaten

If you’re still hoping to pick blackberries this autumn, you may need to hurry. According to folk tradition, today is the last day the fruit can be sa(...)

Creative power: WB Yeats as a young poet. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

The possibility, indeed probability, that a precious hoard of materials closely associated with our greatest poet, WB Yeats, might now leave this isla(...)

Chris Murphy was disputing plans to build a motorway from Toome to Castledawson, close to Mossbawn, Co Derry - the childhood home of the former Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A bird expert has failed in a fresh legal bid to stop a new £160 million (€180m) dual carriageway going through landscape made famous by poet Seamus H(...)

The diningroom at Montebello, Killiney Hill Road, Co Dublin

The unassuming wrought-iron gates denoting the entrance to Montebello, on Killiney Hill Road in south Co Dublin, give very little indication as to wha(...)

Crowds at the Proms in Enniskillen.

Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh was the perfect backdrop for a night of stunning live music on Saturday as thousands of people descended on (...)

Moira O’Neill, who has died aged 94, was possibly the oldest hotelier in Ireland and certainly one of the most celebrated. For more than seven decades(...)

“I should have called it Roy Keane House”: Eamon Dunphy at home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“That was a cakewalk for Liverpool last night,” says the photographer. “It was, but they’re still dodgy at the back,” says Eamon Dunphy. “And Klopp’(...)

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