US president Barack Obama  at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival: “I don’t recall the phrase being, ‘Yes I Can’. It’s ‘Yes We Can’.”  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

When the rain started pouring on the first day of this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival, it was clear most of the Irish entourage(...)

Director of SXSW Interactive Hugh Forrest: “The tight connection with the community is one of the things that helps keep the event relevant, fresh and cutting-edge”

South by Southwest (SXSW) did not put Austin, Texas on the map, but in a city that has attracted every beatnik, bohemian, artist and musician in the (...)

The Macnas Parade, The Shadow Lighter, celebrating the magical, mystical act of transformation, as it passes over the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Redoubtable Danú, mammy of the Tuatha de Danann, spread a little magic on her twilight stroll through Galway’s streets on Sunday evening for the annua(...)

Modern Halloween products on display in a shop. Photographs: Koen Van Weel/AFP/Getty

What has happened to Halloween? The ancient festival has gone from being a children’s party to a major event for Irish adults. Last year, we spent (...)

Jojo Hynes: ‘If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of peers, friends, family and my community, I don’t think there is any way I would still be an artist.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Galway artist Jojo Hynes and several accomplices were caught trying to break into the Bank of England for a crowdfunding video, the security offi(...)

Macnas ghouls stalk the streets in Galway city centre during the Halloween parade ‘Symphony for the Restless’ this evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Corpulent Crom, Galway’s new giant, released his rage on the city’s streets today as Macnas marked the festival of Samhain.Small firstlings shivered(...)

Macnas performers Helen Gregg, Yvette Picque and Debbie Wright in Galway’s Quay Street in preparation for the Halloween parade Symphony for the Restless. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Wild and wicked “welding, hammering, gluing, shaping and dreaming” is gathering pace in the west, as Macnas prepares to terrify the townspeople of Gal(...)

Thousands lined the streets for Limerick’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. An Elvis lookalike was among those who participated in the festivities. Photograph: Alan Place/FusionShooters.

Giant buzzing bees, a 16-foot bear and plenty of lively performances from Limerick’s Filipino, Indian, Eastern European and African communities(...)

Anita Murphy and Rory O’Connor have followed up on the success of Rory’s Story Cubes with The Extraordinaires

In 2009, Belfast-based husband and wife team Anita Murphy and Rory O’Connor launched Rory’s Story Cubes, a non-competitive storytelling game de(...)

Macnas performers  draw a huge crowd on to the streets of Galway city during their On the Night Journey parade  yesterday evening. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ragged- trousered philanthropists, waifs and misfits ran amok in Galway last evening, as Macnas street theatre troupe braved southwesterly gales with (...)