Opening night: Aoife Duffy, tutor Nicola Harmon and Shannon Kerr at the new Blackrock Further Education Institute. Photograph: Mark Boland

Students started back in style yesterday at the new Blackrock Further Education Institute, in south Co Dublin. The further-education campus, with more(...)

Al-Mustapha Islamic Educational & Cultural Centre Ireland, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eugene Langan

One day there was a knock on the door of Denis Byrne Architects in Dublin’s North Great George’s Street and Maggie Moran opened it to find a tall, (...)

Blackrock library is a mix of old and contemporary, three buildings  linked by a new block along the back of the site

While it may be imperative to keep quiet in libraries, there is no need for them to be sombre, joyless settings. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Coun(...)

A stained glass window in Derry’s Guildhall depicting the coronation of King George V.

Few historic buildings in Ireland have such resonance as Derry’s Guildhall. Once the symbol of gerrymandered Unionist domination, it suffered serious (...)

Clockwise from far left, a work from ‘Circle in the Square’ by Marilyn Lerner; Cloud Tyvek by Max Streicher at St Mary’s; O by Karen Donnellan; and Róisín de Buitléar’s blown-glass musical instruments

Eugene Downes’s first year as director took the Kilkenny Arts Festival back to its musical roots. The scale and ambition of the programme would hav(...)

Early years: the original building

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, which is 30 this year, was not the first artists’ studio co-operative in Dublin, but it is certainly one of the best k(...)

Victoria Ueberegger’s reimagining of Our Lady of Lourdes as a community centre and exhibition space

What causes an area to decline? And, more importantly for the future, what might cause it to rise again? Just Imagine, the work of final year Inter(...)