At the launch of the  Galway Arts Festival festival programme  are (from left):  Amy Conroy, Caoimhe Regan, artistic director Paul Fahy and Sonya Kelly. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Sculpture from Australia, new plays by Frank McGuinness and Amy Conroy, gigs by Kodaline and The Coronas, talks, trad and street theatre. The 2015 Gal(...)

Irish outlook: George Bernard Shaw. Photograph: Ullstein Bild via Getty

In June 1915 WB Yeats wrote to his American friend and patron John Quinn about the Great War then raging across Europe. It was, he said, “merely th(...)

Jennifer Johnston’s How Many Miles to Babylon? – Nomad Theatre stage version including  Fergal McElherron and Sam Peter Corry – represented important attempts to re-examine the first World War and its legacy. Photograph: Colm Henry

War is ambivalent; for the powers that decide to wage it, it is as ancient as man, even older than Homer and is caused by expansionist greed and do(...)

Stephen Rea  accepting his special tribute award during The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in February. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Stephen Rea was the recipient of this year’s Special Tribute Award at The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The award is giving each year to someone w(...)

Tim Duggan and Aoife Flanagan: ‘I proposed to her on a park bench in Manhattan on my knees in my running gear.’ Photograph: Trevor Hart
The look of love

Tim Duggan and Aoife Flanagan Tim, 33, entrepreneur We met through a close friend and at first she refused to meet up with me for a dr(...)

 Actor Stephen Brennan and relatives carry the coffin of his mother Daphne Brennan  at her  funeral  at Terenure College Chapel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former actor Daphne Brennan was described at her funeral as an “extraordinary Dubliner” who was also a great role model. Ms Brennan, née Carroll, died(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

Michael O’Brien: ‘We decided to create a new literature for Irish children that didn’t exist. The area was dominated by the British, to the extent that they were reinventing Irish culture with very corny Oirish things, while Irish writers, in order to get published, were becoming Anglophile.’ Photograph: Fergal Phillips

It’s a publishing house that has pushed boundaries and set new standards in the Irish book world for 40 years, but O’Brien Press was founded in sur(...)

British soldiers during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. An Italian translation of Frank McGuinness’s “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme” was performed last week in Florence. Photograph: Lieut E Brooks/Imperial War Museum via Getty Images

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness was at the centre of a remarkable cultural and intellectual collaboration la(...)

Carol Booth in her studio in Abbeyleix, Co Laois. During the heyday of the Celtic Tiger mirrors and overmantels “were flying out the door”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sunlight in solid form is how the artist Carol Booth describes the effect of the gilded surface. A practitioner of the ancient craft of gilding for th(...)