Minister for Art s Heather Humphreys,  with Raghnall O’Floinn, director of the National Museum of Ireland looking at a gold neck piece at the launch of the Samhain  exhibition  at the National Museum of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Irish gave the feast of Samhain to the world, which became Halloween, and a new exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland is seeking to claim (...)

On Sunday afternoon Beatrice Berrut calmly revelled in multiple layers of genius and beauty

If you’re a festival director performing in your own festival, you’re like a player-manager in football: the sole aim of your team selection has to(...)

Owen Gilhooly (Papageno) and Chloe Morgan (Papagena) in The Magic Flute

Since its inception in 2010, the Lismore Music Festival has performed in the stable yard of Lismore Castle. A three-sided marquee has covered the audi(...)

Alex Higgins is to be the subject of Eoin McNamee’s next novel, Hurricane, supported by a £15,000 grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

A musical about Lough Derg, a fiction based on the life of snooker star Alex “Hurricane” Higgins and a novel about a small-town weekly Northern(...)

Séamus Crimmins: “I think I have done all I can to consolidate the standing of the ensembles and, in particular, to lift artistic standards while facing down unprecedented financial challenges”

Most music lovers in Ireland take it for granted, as if it’s the natural order of things. RTÉ is the dominant force in the country’s orchestral life, (...)