What’s your favourite building in Ireland? The Berkeley Library in Trinity College for its curved windows and form. It inspired me to take up archi(...)

Actor Orla Brady meets fans at the screening of “The Price of Desire” which opened the 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

The 13th Jameson Dublin International Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of Mary McGuckian’s The Price of Desire at the Savoy Cinema on(...)

Brian McGuigan (centre) with his son, Ciaran McGuigan (right) and Phelim Darby, production manager Orior

In February a 12-metre container left Belfast for Liverpool for shipping to New York. In it were some 50 pieces of handmade furniture from Orior, in N(...)

Jack Reynor (Glassland, What Richard Did) at the launch of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festrival. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unstoppable Irish actor Jack Reynor was among the guests who joined Gráinne Humphreys, director of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, to(...)

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois, which takes place in early September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JANUARY Yeats 2015 All year A national celebration of the life and work of the Nobel prize-winning poet, with an extensive programm(...)

‘A truly international series of concerts in Croke Park and around the country with artists such as Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Vedran Smailovic (above) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a rich mix of Irish and “world” music, literature and visual image would show that Ireland is no insular, introspective island on the edge of Europe but an open-minded, creative force for true independence of spirit and action.’ Photograph:  EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images

A cellist stands in the midst of war and plays music to mourn the dead and defy the killers. A historic handshake between a former IRA leader and the (...)

Brownswood House, a 19th-century estate in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and No 21 Rue Bonaparte in Paris’s Latin Quarter share one thing in common – Ei(...)

‘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(...)