‘I do love this job; otherwise I wouldn’t have been doing it for 13 years’: Kay Mitchell, schools liaison officer at Maynooth University, is getting ready for this week’s Higher Options exhibition. photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Monday I’m back on the road again, driving out to a school in Dublin. The tune of Morning Ireland on the radio is comforting and familiar even if the (...)

Eileen Gray: convincingly depicted in Patricia O’Reilly’s re-creation of an interview between the Irish modernist designer and the British journalist Bruce Chatwin.

Fictionalising real people is tricky. An author no longer has free rein with characters. When information exists in the public domain readers will (...)

An unpublished interview by Bruce Chatwin with Irish designer  Eileen Gray in 1972 for the Sunday Times when her lacquer screen, Le Destin, sold for $64,000, a then record, inspired Patricia O’Reilly’s new novel

My impetus to write The Interview was a remark at a lunch that Bruce Chatwin had interviewed Eileen Gray in 1972 for The Sunday Times when her lacquer(...)

Best in Show, left, by Vinita Khemka from India, a winner at   World Flower Show 2014 at the RDS today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:33

The World Flower Show 2014 is under way in the RDS, with as many as 20,000 people hoped to attend. This is the first time Ireland has hosted the even(...)

A pair of Pratfall chairs by Philippe Starck, €1,400-€1,800 at de Veres

As “brown furniture” continues to struggle in the auction rooms, there’s been a surge of interest in 20th-century furniture, some of which is o(...)

Digital Switchover, from Haroon Mirza’s 2012 exhibition at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland. Photograph: Gunnar Meier

It’s hard to describe Haroon Mirza’s exhibition Are jee be? at Imma. Embark on an account o(...)

The Perm State Ballet production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’: ‘a rare privilege’
Our cultural highs and lows of 2013

Patrick Freyne Arts writer What were your highlights of the year? The beauty of Matthew Baynton and James Corden’s great comedy series, Th(...)

Tow Path (2001) by TP Flanagan, included in SB Kennedy’s TP Flanagan: Painter of Light and Landscape

GEMMA TIPTON What would you like in your stocking? I have been lusting after a set of Irish artist John Gerrard’s Bone Cutlery for years. They’d fit n(...)

At the opening concert in ‘Eileen Gray and Music in the City of Life’ at Imma on Sunday, there was no date of birth or death, no mention of Eileen Gray’s taste in music or her connections with composers or performers

Three concerts in one week had me thinking about musical vacuums, not because of the music on offer or the way it was played, but because of the way i(...)

The tubular-steel frame and seat designed by Gregory Dunn, Andrew Griffin and Maxim Laroussi

Remember those far-off days when kids tied ropes to a lamp post and swung out of it? Mostly, they’re either gone now or have been left in tatters as c(...)