From left, Elaine Grainger of Talbot Gallery and Studios; Liz Coman of the Lab Gallery; Sheena Barrett of the Lab; Liz Burns of Fire Station Artists’ Studios; Hilary Murray of ArtBox; and Oonagh Young of Oonagh Young Gallery. Photograph: John Beattie

Monto was once the biggest red-light district in Europe. It was immortalised by James Joyce as “Nighttown” in the “Circe” chapter of Ulysses, and s(...)

‘A truly international series of concerts in Croke Park and around the country with artists such as Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Vedran Smailovic (above) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a rich mix of Irish and “world” music, literature and visual image would show that Ireland is no insular, introspective island on the edge of Europe but an open-minded, creative force for true independence of spirit and action.’ Photograph:  EVSTAFIEV/AFP/Getty Images

A cellist stands in the midst of war and plays music to mourn the dead and defy the killers. A historic handshake between a former IRA leader and the (...)

Collette Egan and Mollie Douthit in Douthit’s Burren studio

Graduate art exhibitions can be ungainly events, as young artists birth their long-gestated babies with anxiety and hope. The clamour to be rec(...)

Game Of Thrones: the TV series, broadcast in more than 70 countries, has also helped make some of the North’s stunning locations featured in the series must-see attractions for dedicated fans.

It is known locally as the Dark Hedges but to millions of fans of hit television series Game of Thrones the unusual tree-lined avenue in Co Antrim is (...)