NCH chairman Gerry Kearney, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and NCH chief executive Simon Taylor with Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) at the launch of Imagining Home

Last week the National Concert Hall announced a series of seven concerts under the title Imagining Home. The venture, which will run through Easter(...)

Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’: Ronan makes Eilis so alive to every moment that we understand completely how she gets caught up in them

The three Irish films that will make the most impact over the next 12 months look likely to be John Crowley’s Brooklyn, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room and Ji(...)

German writerJenny Erpenbeck. Photograph:  Andree/ullstein bild via Getty

Readers and book stores everywhere will be excited by the 160-title strong announcement of the 2016 long list for the Dublin International Literary(...)

WC Fields’s dictum urging artists to avoid working with children and animals is widely known. It might then strike us as somewhat curious that cert(...)

The final step in the marriage referendum saga will take place on November 16th, when Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signs the (...)

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(...)

Writer Colm Toibín returned to his native Enniscorthy last night for the local premiere of Brooklyn, the Oscar-tipped movie based on his novel about 1(...)

Members of Blakestown Community School in mime outfits with Tom Meagher, (husband of Jill Meagher who was murdered in Australia) a National White Ribbon Advocate, calling for an end to men’s violence against women. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

“There’s a lot of privilege that comes from the idea that public spaces are men’s spaces and they can do anything they want to you,” Tom Meagher told (...)

Ruth Ware

In Northanger Abbey Jane Austen called it the “tell-tale compression of the pages”, the sense that a novel is coming to a close. Reviews seldom discus(...)

Irish actor Saoirse Ronan who stars in the ‘Brooklyn’ arriving at the Savoy Cinema for the Irish premiere. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Actor Saoirse Ronan was joined by her co-stars of Brooklyn and U2 front-man Bono on the red carpet at the Savoy cinema in Dublin for the Irish premier(...)