Two months of free time as the State’s 3,000-plus primary schools close their doors for the summer at the end of this week – it’s a delightful prospec(...)

Carol Drinkwater

Home Grown “All homemade; nothing frozen” is the promise made at The Castle Café in the courtyard of Blackrock Castle Observatory. The cafe and(...)

Clear and vivid prose: Deirdre Madden. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Time, St Augustine remarked in his Confessions, is something we all understand – until we’re asked to explain it. The saint would likely be amused by (...)

Ambassadors: Irish poets on stage in Paris

For the past 30 years an extraordinary event has been taking place each June in Place St Sulpice in Paris. For the Marché de la Poésie the beautiful s(...)

Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley at Cúirt. Photograph: Boyd Challenger

THE reason there are so few good conversations, wrote Truman Capote, is two intelligent talkers seldom meet. He had clearly never been to a lit(...)

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