Poet Thomas Kinsella  was honoured with the UCD Ulysses Medal in 2008 and was recently given an honorary doctorate by Trinity College Dublin   for his contribution to Irish literature

Poet Thomas Kinsella described the royalties he received for his work as “comic” and sent then taoiseach Charles Haughey a royalty statement for the p(...)

Shark tank: Damien Hirst with his piece Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living in 2013.  Photograph: Natalie Naccache/New York Times

Are artists different? Some lines from Thomas Kinsella are stuck in my mind: “I wonder whether one expects/ Flowing tie or expert sex …/ Of poets any (...)

Colm Tóibín. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is a peculiar intensity about some streets in Dublin that gets more layered the longer you live in the city and the more stray memories and asso(...)

Charles Baudelaire: autumn gloom. Photograph: Etienne Carjat/Getty Images

Sitting in Bewley’s of Grafton Street on Thursday morning, I thought of the poet Baudelaire, the way you do. It must have been the open fire nearby, w(...)

Victoria Lloyd, Bob Geldof, Lord Gowrie, seated, and Thomas Kinsella at the gathering in Luggala for Garech Browne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In a simple ceremony on the edge of Lough Tay, the ashes of Garech Browne, art collector, patron of the arts, and a Guinness heir, were poured into it(...)

Garech Browne and Anthony Palliser at Luggala, Co Wicklow.

The first time I visited Anthony Palliser’s Paris home, back in 2007, I found the poets Derek Mahon and John Montague in the Anglo-Belgian painter’s s(...)

The work of poet Thomas Kinsella, who celebrated his 90th birthday this week, includes some of the finest longer meditative sequences by any contemporary Irish poet. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

When the poet Eavan Boland described Thomas Kinsella as “a glowing, powerful source in Irish poetry” she was declaring a view shared by Kinsella’s man(...)

 The Hodges Figgis shop on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Hodges Figgis closed down for four hours in 1995. It was to allow for the legal transfer of ownership from UK company Pentos to new owners Thorn EMI, (...)

William Crozier’s work from ‘The Edge of the Landscape

William Crozier: The Edge of the Landscape Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Skibereen, Co Cork *** When Tony O’Malley painted landscapes he made cle(...)

The persistence of romantic love in long-term relationships is, unsurprisingly, associated with higher levels of relationship satisfaction. Photograph: iStock

Although Valentine’s Day is often criticised as a cynical creation by florists and the greeting cards industry, it is a useful focal point for conside(...)

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