NCH chairman Gerry Kearney, Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys and NCH chief executive Simon Taylor with Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Dennis Cahill (guitar) at the launch of Imagining Home

Last week the National Concert Hall announced a series of seven concerts under the title Imagining Home. The venture, which will run through Easter(...)

Only two golden eagle chicks were born in 2015 and neither survived more than a few weeks.  Photograph: Mike Brown

Ireland’s population of golden eagles is in a “critical” situation and at risk of starving, the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has warned. The IWT has ca(...)

‘Head of a Bearded Man’, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens.

Businessman Denis O’Brien has spent more than €2 million on on a Rubens painting from Russborough House in Co Wicklow, which will be donated to the St(...)

Unusual sight: the terrapin that Martin Taylor sees on his walks

I regularly see the turtle in my photograph – I assume it’s an escaped or discarded pet – on my walks in north Co Dublin. It seems to favour one pa(...)

The scene in the concert Hall at City Hall during the performance of Red Sun during the  Cork’s period as  City of Culture in 2005. Galway, Limerick and the Waterford Three Sisters bids have been “shortlisted” to proceed to the next stage of selection for European Capital of Culture 2020.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Galway, Limerick and the Waterford Three Sisters bids have been “shortlisted” to proceed to the next stage of selection for European Capital of Cultur(...)

Thursday’s  Waking The Feminists event at the Abbey Theatre, which highlighted the lack of gender equality in the Abbey’s programme of events for 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Thursday’s thrilling #WakingTheFeminists meeting at the Abbey Theatre may be a turning point in the fight for gender equality in the arts. But some(...)

Chairwoman of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke issued a statement critical of the arts allocation the day after the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Arts Council and Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys have a “mutually antagonistic” relationship, The Irish Times has learned. Relations are said (...)

Defending the Coalitions’s approach  Heather Humphreys said that “coupled with the new visitor centre being developed in the GPO, the Moore Street commemorative centre will be a fitting and lasting tribute to the 1916 Easter Rising”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government’s vision on the centenary of the Easter Rising is to turn the historically significant area of Moore Street in Dublin into a shopping c(...)

At Glasnevin Cemetery laying a wreath at the grave of Michael McWhite, an Irish citizen who fought for France during the first World War  and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by the French government for his bravery, were from left: John Green, Chairman Glasnevin Trust;  Jean-Pierre Thebault, ambassador of France to Ireland; Laurent Somon, chairman of the Departmental Council of the Somme;  Jean-Marc Todeschini, French Minister of State for Remembrance and the Veterans, and Colonel Antoine de Loustal,  Defence Attaché. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

The fallen Irish of the first World War were remembered on Wednesday at an Armistice Day wreath laying ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. It wa(...)

The site of Easter Rising headquarters on Moore Street in Dublin.  File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Restoration work has begun on the site of the final headquarters of the Easter Rising rebels on Moore Street in Dublin ahead of next year’s centenary (...)