Gabriel Fitzmaurice: his ballads double as, or include, tales and jokes and self-reflective meditations

The Dublin poet Valentin Iremonger (1920-92) first published his poems in a provocatively titled 1944 anthology, On the Barricades. As The Poems of Va(...)

People who know about film know about Pat Collins. The Cork-born film-maker has long been respected for his original, thoughtful documentaries (...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: It’s something of a Wall Street ritual to lower estimates as the earnings season approaches, allowing companies to then beat expectations. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/reuters

US earnings season has begun, and cautious analysts are busy cutting estimates. In January, annual growth of 4 per cent was projected; by last (...)

The life of Margaret Patricia (Patsy) Harrold, who has died aged 83, very much mirrored the writings of her fellow Limerick natives Frank McCourt and (...)

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, who popularised the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China) as an investment concept, is now making the case (...)

The S&P 500 is up 150 per cent since March 2009, 55 per cent since October 2011 and 20 per cent in 2013, but it’s not expensive, according to Merr(...)

“On Wall Street, a culture of greed just won’t let go”, the New York Times headlined last week, following the publication of a survey of attitudes to (...)

The Vanbrugh Quartet

The west Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry went out in a blitz of energy on Saturday, with the combined RTÉ Vanbrugh and Jupiter String Quartets i(...)

A screen displays a recent  Dow Jones Industrial Average. For the last 18 Tuesdays, the average has risen every time

Proinsias O’Mahony THE five-year US bull market is gathering momentum. It’s now over six months since the S&P 500 pulled back by 5 pe(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan: “I'm really heartened by the positivity of artists towards this proposal.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Artists and arts organisations in receipt of taxpayers' money will be asked to give time to local schools. The public s(...)