Spoiled for priorities: Heather Humphreys receives her seal of office from the President. Photograph: Alan Betson

What do we know about Heather Humphreys, the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht? She knows about credit unions, she lives on a farm (...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

Writer Edna O’ Brien (above), musician Christy Moore, and former rugby International Tony Ward are some of the well-known personalities who reveal (...)

Singer songwriter Paul Simon onstage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with fellow artists prior to the Seamus Heaney tribute in association with Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council as part of One City One Book. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Poetry Ireland and Dublin City Council hosted a magnificent event in the National Concert Hall to commemorate and celebrate (...)

Paul Simon in concert at the O2 in Dublin in 2012. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paul Simon is coming to Dublin in April, to perform at a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney. Simon is the latest addition to the event at(...)

Maureen Kennelly, the director of Poetry Ireland: ‘I think the Irish public might be misled into thinking that some poets are earning vast amounts of money.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Poetry Ireland offices on Kildare Street are opposite the Dáil; conveniently located for any politician who may wish to drop in. So far, none have(...)

A piper leading the funeral of Seamus Heaney through Bellaghy yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seamus Heaney was laid to rest yesterday evening in a country churchyard in south Derry under the shade of sycamore and ash trees.“May the green sods (...)

Give it a lash: marketing Irish culture becomes tricky only when it becomes a pastiche. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

For a country that prides itself on its artistic heritage, Ireland hasn’t always proved a bounteous cultural destination. Not so long ago, the (...)