American author Suzanne Strempek Shea (l) with Mags Riordan, the subject of her new book, and Leo Moran of The Saw Doctors. Strempek Shea will be reading at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival. Photograph: Suzanne Strempek Shea

A tribute to composer Seán Ó Riada by musicians Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and Mel Mercier and Druid Theatre’s latest Tom Murphy productions are among hig(...)

Robyn Dann-Cooney, Oni McNamara, Aoife Harrison and Aileen Palmer with their cake at the birthday party to launch the 18th Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in Ard Bia at Nimmos at Galway’s Spanish Arch yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

  Ireland’s international commitment to the importance of culture and creativity for the very young is a theme of this year’s Baboró Inter(...)

Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin, the last Blasket evacuee alive. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

In the hallway of Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin’s house in Blackrock in Cork city is a framed, 60-year-old newspaper cutting of a young boy playing the(...)

Jimmy Deenihan: “Limerick must seize this opportunity to brand itself in a positive way, capitalising on its rich culture.” Photograph: David Sleator

In Limerick City of Culture: the Movie, Pat Cox is played by Oliver Reed, Michael Noonan by Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Deenihan by Ardal O’Hanlon and Conn(...)

Reference archive: singer Eddie Butcher at Féile na Bóinne in 1977. Photograph: Joe Dowdall/ITMA
Thinking outside the squeeze box

A quarter of a century is a long time by anyone’s reckoning. Governments form and fall, families begin and grow up, and artists come and go, their rep(...)

Prof Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Prof Don Barry of the University of Limerick with Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan (centre) at the MA in festive studies launch. Photograph: Seán Curtin

Details of an international arts festival to coincide with Limerick’s reign as City of Culture have been unveiled. A feasibility report o(...)