Sara Baume: “As loath as I am to accept the idea of having to fraternise in order to succeed, the reality for most of us attempting to pursue a career in the arts is that a stint of volunteering is a rite of passage”

The next time you attend an event at an arts festival, take a second look at the person who punches your ticket, who ushers you to your seat, who p(...)

 Brian Cody (left) and Eamon O’Shea (right) are accidental coaches in a way, facilitators and nurturers of talent who do not pretend to know more than they do. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Malcolm Gladwell is at it again. This time destroying some of the myths about the Mafia, and given his typically unexpected conclusions, offers a theo(...)

St Mary’s church, on the corner of Mary Street and Jervis Street, was deconsecrated in the 1980s and currently operates as The Church bar and restaurant. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has set its sights on a 17th century former church where Arthur Guinness was married as the location for its first b(...)

The editor of the Cork Literary Review, Eugene O’Connell. Photograph Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The debate about the so-called death of print is an evolving story, as the popularity of ebook readers such as the Kindle and iPad changes people’s re(...)