Sean Doran

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Gay Byrne among the Aladdin’s Cave of toys that formed the backdrop for what continues to be the Late Late Toy Show.

In the analogue era, receiving RTÉ in most parts of Northern Ireland required an extra aerial. A symbol of reaching out for a signal from somewhere el(...)

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams at the party ard fheis last February.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has been given the go-ahead to challenge two historic prison escape convictions at the UK’s highest court. The former Sinn Fé(...)

Maxine Peake will take part in the Lughnasa FrielFest in August. Photograph:   John Phillips/Getty Images

Maxine Peake and I are discussing uncomfortable truths. “As a human race, we’re pretty despicable,” says the acclaimed actor, famous for roles from TV(...)

Derry’s Guildhall Square taken over by Trojan Horse to mark the start of the annual Brian Friel International Festival

A large wooden horse has appeared before Derry’s walls. “What is it?” one woman asks, bemusement in her voice. “A Trojan Horse,” another explains. “(...)

Sean Doran: ‘We hope to see the Northern Literary Lands as something that is adopted by both tourist boards – Tourism NI and Fáilte Ireland – as a joint initiative. Photograph:  Daveth Fox

The flow of ideas from Seán Doran and Liam Browne is so fast that it can be hard to keep up, especially when the two of them get excited and start tal(...)

Denis O’Flaherty (left)   with skipper Johnny Bennett and relief skipper Joseph Whitty in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The UK’s withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention will push more EU trawlers into Irish waters and is a major concern for the Irish fleet, acco(...)

Marie Heaney and her children, Michael, Christopher and Catherine, at the official opening of the new arts and literary centre in Bellaghy, Co Derry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Seamus Heaney’s family gathered “with mixed but generally joyful emotions” in his native Bellaghy, Co Derry, yesterday for the official opening of th(...)

 HomePlace, a new arts and literary centre which will mark the life and work of Seamus Heaney, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, in Bellaghy, Co Derry

On an unseasonably hot mid-September day, the small south Co Derry village of Bellaghy is unusually busy. The road past the site of the old RUC barrac(...)

Marie Heaney (wife of the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney) and her granddaughters Aibhin (eight) and Anna Rose (nine)  Seamus Heaney HomePlace a new arts and literary centre which will mark the poet’s life and work in Bellaghy, Co Derry.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan.

Details have been unveiled of a new €5 million arts and literary centre marking the life and work of Seamus Heaney. Seamus Heaney HomePlace will op(...)

Mesmeric: Maguy Marin’s non-narrative dance piece May B, the headlining show at this year’s Happy Days International Festival in Enniskillen

Samuel Beckett’s granite face looms over the counter at Sweeney’s butcher shop. In The Jolly Sandwich cafe there are a variety of Beckettian treats(...)

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