Sean O Faolain

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Mhac an tSaoi’s  poetry spoke ‘to and from the intimate experience of women at a time when women’s voices were largely inaudible’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Máire Mhac an tSaoi Born: April 4th, 1922 Died: October 16th, 2021 Máire Mhac an tSaoi, who has died aged 99, was one of Ireland’s foremost Irish lan(...)

Imogen Stuart: ‘I don’t like to think to much about an afterlife, but I hope there is one.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

There are many beautiful pieces of sculpture, drawings, carvings and other artworks in sculptor Imogen Stuart’s living room, but my eye is drawn to wh(...)

Teresa Deevy: in recent years, critical attention has turned to her radio drama.

For more than four decades after her death in 1963, Teresa Deevy’s papers were stored in a large green suitcase under a bed in the family home, Landsc(...)

 It may be Hackball who features in the foreground of Joseph Tudor’s panorama of “Sackville Street and Gardiner’s Mall, Dublin” (circa 1750), in the National Gallery

Thanks to several readers, I now know a lot more about “Haeball – King of the Beggars”, the 18th-century Dublin character mentioned here earlier in th(...)

As a writer, Julia O’Faolain, who lived most of her adult live abroad, was not particularly well-known in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Julia O’Faolain, writer, born June 6th, 1932, died October 27th, 2020 The London-born Irish writer Julia O’Faolain has died following a long illness.(...)

John Betjeman: his transfer back to London after three years as press attaché at the British consular mission in Dublin was front-page news. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Getty Images

‘The Irish Press reviews are good”, the future British poet laureate John Betjeman told the London book publisher Hamish Hamilton in September 1942. H(...)

Auxiliaries celebrate after a failed IRA attack on their quarters in Dublin in April 1921. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY One of the unintended consequences of the recent row over the proposed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) i(...)

Sir Hamer Greenwood, chief secretary for Ireland, inspecting the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)

What is the greatest single performance in the Irish theatre in the last 25 years? A silly question, perhaps. But if I had to answer it, I would say i(...)

Auxiliaries question a postman in Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has found out late in the day that disentangling the memory of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) (...)

Jan Carson: a writer with a pleasingly distinctive style

In her fiction to date, the Belfast writer Jan Carson has always found inventive ways to treat her overarching themes of trauma and legacy. In her deb(...)

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