Theo Dorgan

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George Best celebrates scoring Manchester United’s second goal during the 1968 European Cup Final against Benfica at Wembley. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Maybe the price sports writing pays for daily beat writers whose job is volume and speed as much as reflection is that points of difference between va(...)

Theo Dorgan and Cormac Breathnach. Photograph: Alan Betson

“We were all walking out into new ground,” poet Theo Dorgan says of the making of Loco por Lorca, a celebration of the great Spanish poet, which embra(...)

Ciaran Carson

Sinéad Morrissey, John Banville and fellow writers salute a great man and a great poet Sinéad Morrissey “It’s not about you, it’s about the lang(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with   Roger Doyle at a ceremony marking the composers elevation to  Saoi by  Aosdána, which is in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. . Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The composer Roger Doyle was made a Saoi (wise one) of Aosdána at a ceremony on Friday addressed by President Michael D Higgins. Only seven members o(...)

‘National reputation’: Richard III, staged by Druid, whose director, Garry Hynes, pointed out the arts’ contribution to Ireland’s standing

Arts funding should be restored to boom-era levels to compensate for the sector’s lack of resources, a new Oireachtas report suggests. The Arts Matte(...)

Derek Mahon’s latest work Against The Clock was described by   the judges as a masterpiece, dwelling with style and wit on “love and loss, transience, age and time”. File photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The winner of this year’s Irish Times Poetry Now award is the Belfast-born poet Derek Mahon for Against the Clock (Gallery Press). This is the third t(...)

Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has  said it was not acceptable that Irish performance actors generally earn below the living wage. File  photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Governance of the Abbey Theatre is at the heart of the issues at the national theatre, Druid Theatre artistic director Garry Hynes has said. She tol(...)

 Crowds at the statue of the Virgin Mary  at Ballinspittle, Co Cork in 1985. Photograph: Jack McManus

A line from Philip Larkin was on my mind while working on this project. Not the famous reference to his parents, but an aside about beginnin(...)

Josepha Madigan: “I don’t think we embrace culture in the way they do in some other countries, particularly with younger children.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“Oh God, how did you find it, dare I ask?” asks Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan as I produce a book from my bag durin(...)

A prolific writer, Matthew Sweeney had published numerous collections of poetry, including Inquisition Lane (2015) and Horse Music (2013).

Tributes have been paid to poet Matthew Sweeney, who has died aged 65. The Lifford, Co Donegal-born poet, who lived in Cork, had motor neurone disease(...)

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