Sleeper, by Mark Wallinger

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts 2014: Neutral Various venues, Galway ****   Curator Alison Prior – best-known for her work with (...)

In its latest report, the UN committee told Ireland to do more to provide non- denominational schools and Atheist Ireland said it was “self- serving for Educate Together, at the expense of possible non-denominational schools” to use this recommendation to “to plead for Government funding”.

Patron de jour Educate Together has been under attack from an unlikely quarter these days. Atheist Ireland has accused the organisation of misl(...)

Shane Duffy: his progress at Everton had really halted a couple of seasons back. Photograph: Dave Thompson/Getty Images

As Premier League clubs stood firm against the rising English tide of euro scepticism, there was not a lot of news for wantaway Irish footballers yes(...)

Film director John Ford: His son says he  got his   1942 film The Battle of Midway  past the military censors  by getting a private screening for President Franklin D Roosevelt, who said afterwards: “I want every American to see the film.”

Irishman Joe Dunne received a message of congratulations from Prince William at the weekend. Prince William is the regimental colonel of the Irish Gu(...)

‘Ladies Chatting’ by Genieve Figgis

For a selection of images from the RHA annual exhibition, click here There are many in the contemporary art world who see the RHA as an anachr(...)

Talking to children about Harry Potter (above, played by Daniel Radcliffe), can introduce philosophical subjects such as ethics (Is power more important than good?) to epistemology (How can we know ghosts and trolls?) and metaphysics (How do spells work?)

If you’re a teacher and you’re planning to do philosophy with your class then resist the temptation to reference weighty tomes written by dead Greeks (...)

Collectable philosophers: cards for the thinking classroom. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia

If philosophy had been on the curriculum 30 years ago, would we be in the same mess we’re in today? It’s a tantalising thought and the very sort of “w(...)

Old Head Beach, Clew Bay, by Joe Dunne RHA at The Water Colour Society of Ireland’s 159th exhibition

A popular fixture in the Dublin art calendar, the annual exhibition of the Water Colour Society of Ireland, its 159th, opens next week at the Concours(...)