Colm Toibin: ‘I was editor of Magill at 27. I wrote my first novel as a way of keeping the daily business of Garret Fitzgerald and Charlie Haughey and all those stories at bay.’ Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI

Colm Tóibín is not just famous; he has a public persona. The red-framed spectacles that hang round the writer’s neck are not quite so well known as(...)

Detail from Good Bye To all That by Mick O’Dea

Last year the painter Mick O’Dea approached me to ask if I would contribute a short text to a publication on three of his exhibitions at the Kevin (...)

Barrie Cooke at the opening night of his exhibition in the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin in 2007. Photograph: Fran Veale

Artist Barrie Cooke has died in Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, on Tuesday evening. Born in Cheshire, England, in 1924, he w(...)

Artist Patrick Scott. He was described by Minister for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan as “a guiding light in the Irish art world for many decades”

Patrick Scott was a founder member of Aosdána, the association of artists, and a Saoi in the organisation – the h(...)

Eric Pearce with artist Patrick Scott following their civil partnership ceremony last October. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The artist Patrick Scott died yesterday on the eve of the opening of a retrospective exhibition of his work at th(...)

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham should be retained as a traditional museum

An unparalleled opportunity exists for the creation of a contemporary art museum in the centre of Dublin, in the early 19th-century Stack A warehouse (...)

Ben Okri autographs his work

It’s a special festival when audience venues are an atmospheric family chapel, a charming light-filled ballroom overlooking fields with sheep, and a “(...)