Seamus Heaney

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Leanne O’Sullivan: her “strong and varied collection” has its lighter moments. Photograph: Donal O’Sullivan

Townland , the opening poem of The Mining Road (...)

Kildare Dobbs: committed much of his abundant life to the written word and was the most genial of companions.

Seamus Heaney once said that nobody had done more to welcome and assist Irish writers in Canada than Kildare Dobbs, who made his own livelihood(...)

Employers group chief Danny McCoy Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Whatever about Seamus Heaney’s hope and history rhyming, yesterday we had the employers’ group chief, Danny McCoy, rhyming with President Miche(...)

Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley at Cúirt. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

THE reason there are so few good conversations, wrote Truman Capote, is two intelligent talkers seldom meet. He had clearly never been to a lit(...)

Alternative universe: handwritten poetry by Matthew Sweeney in The Great Book of Ireland

Four new poetry collections imagine very different relationships between writers and a larger community. Greg Delanty’s The Greek Anthology Book XV(...)

US vice president Joe Biden speaks to police officers at memorial services for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Patrol Officer Sean Collier.

The brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon were described as “twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadi(...)

The expression “legends in their own lunchtime” wouldn’t come close to summing up the gathering of literary l(...)

Doonreagan House, Cashel in Connemara where the first Ted Hughes Weekend will be held to mark the British Poet laureate’s connection withthe area.

When North American poet, novelist and short-story writer Sylvia Plath died 50 years ago, her husband, the celebrated p(...)

‘I almost envy future translators of Seamus Heaney [above], because they will now have Dennis O’Driscoll's source book about him, Stepping Stones,’ says Grigory Kruzhkov. photograph: cyril byrne

Without translation, we would never have been gripped by the story of Anna Karenina, been influenced by Greek myths, read Anne Frank’s diary, o(...)

Dardis Clarke and Elisa Marie Robinson at the opening of the Absolut Classics exhibition in the Rubicon Gallery, St Stephens Green, Dublin in 2001

Dardis Clarke, who has died aged 73, was a former chairman of Poetry Ireland, life member of the National Union of Journalists and champion of (...)

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