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Singer Paul Simon reads a poem during a tribute to Seamus Heaney at Cooper Union in New York City on Monday evening. Photograph: Michael Nagle

For Paul Simon it was 50 ways to read a poem as one of America’s greatest songwriters practised verses by one of Ireland’s greatest poets for a Seamus(...)

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial service to the late poet Seamus Heaney in New York last night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The crowd spilled out into the aisles of Cooper Union Great Hall in New York City to hear 20 American and Irish writers read the words of Seamus He(...)

President  Higgins and Costa Rica’s president Laura Chinchilla  walk to a joint news conference at the Presidential house in San Jose on October 28th. Mr Higgins largely steered clear of contentious political issues during his Latin American tour. Photograph: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters

It was a shame President Michael D Higgins wasn’t able to make Nicaragua the fourth stop on his tour of Latin America this week along with Mexico, El (...)

THE Irish Times has received 29 nominations for the National Newspapers of Ireland Awards for 2013, more than any other newspaper. The newspaper domin(...)

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins told El Salvador’s president Mauricio Funes that the Irish people knew well from the Northern Ireland peace process of the need “to understand the tasks of ethical memory”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has drawn parallels between the conflicts in El Salvador and Northern Ireland on his first visit to the Latin American cou(...)

President Michael D Higgins shakes hands with  Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto during a welcoming ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City earlier this week. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

President Michael D Higgins has told an audience in Mexico that the economic crisis had “evoked a new sense of solidarity and community” in Ireland. I(...)

Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins speaks during a welcoming ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City earlier this week. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

President Michael D Higgins joked that the first time he visited Mexico in 1967 he sneaked into the country illegally. “It was the first of many cross(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto inspect a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony at the National Palace in Mexico City today. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

President Michael D Higgins has invited his Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto to a return visit to Ireland to develop ties with Mexico as “a key (...)

Mexico’s foreign minister José Antonio Meade,  President Michael D Higgins and Joe Costello   at a bust of Comandante John Riley opposite a memorial to the Batallón de San Patricio at the Plaza San Jacinto in Mexico City. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins paid tribute at a ceremony in Mexico City to Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico with the famous St Patrick’s Battalion (...)

 President Michael D Higgins (right) and Mexico’s foreign minister José Antonio Meade at a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to the Batallón de San Patricio  in Mexico City. Photograph:  Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has not ruled out a separate future visit to Nicaragua after a planned stop in the country on his 12-day tour of Central (...)

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