A spokeswoman for Minister Heather Humphreys said the department, the Heritage Council, the Crawford Gallery and other public bodies were offering “advice and assistance” to the Shellswell White family “in working towards a sustainable future for Bantry House”.

Next month’s sale of pictures and furniture at Bantry House in west Cork has been called off – officially because Scottish fine art auctioneers Lyo(...)

Archivists Hazel Menton and Natalie Milne. The website will help genealogists and historians. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Researchers have online access to information contained in more than 500 archival collections throughout the whole island with the relaunch yesterday(...)

Art at work: Heather Humphreys in her office with a painting by Steven Mannion Farrell. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Since the surprise appointment of Heather Humphreys as Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in July’s Cabinet reshuffle, art-world luminar(...)

What’s going on?: we’re still no wiser how the centenary of the Rising will be marked. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

We’re getting so close to the 1916 centenary you can almost smell the enormous argument approaching. One of the enormous arguments, at least. So far w(...)

The National Library reported more than 257,000 visitors in 2013, representing a 42 per cent increase on the previous year. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

The National Library of Ireland says it has reached a “critical point” because of continuous cutbacks. The library, on Kildare Street, Dublin, said i(...)

Glittering: the theatre on its opening night, in March 2010. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It is now all but certain that the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, the best-appointed performance space on the island, will be sold off by Nama-appointed re(...)

Lieutenant Maurice Dease died of his wounds and is buried in St Symphorien cemetery. President Michael D. Higgins visited the cemetery earlier this month. He  is pictured with Joachim Guack  of Germany, Britain’s Prince William, British PM David Cameron and King Philippe of Belgium. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire 4:28

A memorial paving stone to Lieutenant Maurice Dease, the first winner of the Victoria Cross (VC) during the First World War, will be unveiled at Glasn(...)

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys unveiling the Lipton Cup. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The tea magnate Thomas Lipton was associated with many cups in his time, ranging from the domestic variety his products filled to the great sailing tr(...)

Launching Culture Night 2014 in St Patricks Park RTE’s Blathnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne(front) and Frank O’Gorman  Society for Creative Anachronism as well as  Mike Prendergast and  some Culture Night participants including adult and junior fencers from Fence Fit, ballerinas from Whynot Dance Company, members of Catherine Young Dance Company’s African Dance troup, The Lantern Intercultural Centre Tribal Drummers, and young actors from the Gaiety School of Acting. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Visual arts in Limerick’s dormant shop windows, drive-in movies at Smithfield and tours of Áras an Uachtaráin are among the many new events announced (...)

Injured peregrine falcon with ring on leg which showed it was  young and on one of its first flights. Photograph: Peter Murphy,

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is has appealed for information after a young peregrine falcon was illegally shot in Co Wexford.The native bir(...)