Production crew and sets on Skellig Island as Star Wars Episode VII directed by JJ Abrams begins filming. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The return of crews filming the new Star Wars film to the Skellig Michael Unesco World Heritage Site off the Co Kerry coast next month will be hugely (...)

For 600 years Skellig Michael  was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1996. File photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

A senior University College Cork archaeology lecturer has criticised Government’s “sidelining” of State agencies responsible for the Unesco world heri(...)

 Skellig Michael, off the coast of Co Kerry.	Photograph: Design Pics/Gareth McCormack

An Taisce has asked Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys to outline how she is giving consent to the Disney Lucasfilm Star Wars project on the Unesco w(...)

Choice reading: Robert F Kennedy – author of Thirteen Days, chosen by Micheál Martin – in the Oval Office with his brother President John F Kennedy in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Photograph: Art Rickerby/Life/Getty

In August 2008 David Cameron handed out a list of recommended reading to his fellow Conservative Party MPs before the House of Commons recesssed for i(...)

From left, Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhalaigh, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins, at the Centenary Commemoration of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa, at Glasnevin Cemetery. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

How do you prefer our long-dead Irish Fenians? Revered or reviled? The danger of commemoration is that such will be the crude and reductive menu of ch(...)

Soprano Aoife Gibney from Dublin singing at the launch of the Culture Night announced in Merrion Square on Tuesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

A record 40 locations throughout the country will be taking part in the 10th annual Culture Night next month when special events and late-night openin(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said she was “delighted” a plan had been agreed to complete Galway Picture Palace. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Galway’s long-delayed arthouse cinema has been granted completion funding of €735,000 by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys. The Picture Palace, (...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said there would be no better time to unveil a new cultural framework than in 2016, the centenary year of the Easter Rising. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Minister for Arts wants to kickstart a countrywide conversation on development of Ireland’s first national cultural policy, she said on Friday. H(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys announced the nine projects to receive Arts Council funding for the 1916 commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 4:05

Conflict and resolution are key themes in many of the nine arts projects selected as part of a €1 million investment by the Arts Council to commemorat(...)

Jim Roche re-enacting the graveside oration of Padraig Pearse, at the Centenary Commemoration of the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa at Glasnevin cemetary. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:05

Thousands of people have attended the commemoration of the funeral of revolutionary Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery. Bright s(...)